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Fly casting challenge 2

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:12 pm

So I’ve been throwing off the roof of the boat (about 10’ elevated). And have been carrying 100’ DT6 lumiline on the HT7 to the backing knot. That’s not very difficult. However I wondered if I could do it blindfold, which I can. So this is your monthly challenge! 90 or 100’ held to the backing knot, casting with your eyes shut.

I am considering whether it’s possible to do this left handed. Those who want a competition I’m happy to measure. I’m pretty sure that after a month I should be able to do this, but I most certainly cannot at the moment. Who’s up for this challenge?

I think it has to be carried for 10 or more false casts. Otherwise it doesn’t count!

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Post by bartdezwaan » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:32 pm

I can do 90' for sure. Have been doing this a lot recently with a #5 DT and the #10 HT.
100' might be a challenge but I am definitely up for it.

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:34 pm

90 blindfold left hand?
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Post by bartdezwaan » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:39 pm

No. Sorry, I didn't read well enough what the exact challenge was.
I am not even going to try left handed. Will try blindfolded.

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:52 pm

Hmm. You have a month :D
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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:25 pm

Incidentally I’m sure you can do it blindfold. I wasn’t sure until I tried it. But left hand... ooh that’s going to take some pretty intense casting sessions!

Talking of which I had a bit of fun firing this line out. But the 20lb mono for backing had a mind of its own. What would you guys recommend as shooting line? Running line or something else?

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Post by Lasse Karlsson » Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:42 pm

Proper mono shootingline, and stretch it good before 😉

On for the challenge, both of them, did 100+ the other day at night so....

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Post by James9118 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:47 pm

I think just closing the eyes would be prone to a bit of cheating. As such, can I suggest that people are required to put their head in an opaque plastic bag before trying. This will also add an extra bit of jeopardy to focus the mind on getting it done quickly :D

Are there any line requirements - i.e. DT#6 or casters choice? As with Bart, I don't think I'll be bothering with the left handed bit :blush:

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Post by Lasse Karlsson » Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:16 pm

6 wt dt lumiline James :p
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But need to get a ladder, that was from doing it flatground but not blindfolded :blush:

Honestly I think both Bart and James should do it with a short belly line :p

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Post by Paul Arden » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:20 am

If you want to carry a “Spey” line to 90 ft as your {left handed] blindfold challenge then be my guest! The key is the backing knot, holding it there for 10 or more false casts. I do need to measure my line to be sure that it’s the right length!

I actually found it very interesting that we don’t need to see, even with a long carry.

I can already do the right hand so that’s not a challenge for me. I’ll see if I can learn the left by the 14th of next month.

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