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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:02 am

Ok here’s an idea. How about we set a monthly challenge to hone our practise sessions.

How about this for the first challenge, to throw left handed (or right handed for lefties) into a target hoop with a diameter of 180cm at a distance of 100ft three out of five attempts. Line must be a AFFTA5.

I think I can do it. But it would be quite funny if I can’t :D

Let’s say you can have one attempt per day. And you need a witness.

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Post by Boisker » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:07 am

A bit out of my league Paul :D :D

But out of interest what’s the purpose? (not that it needs one.... “because we can” is perfectly acceptable!)


As it’s casting with the wrong hand it’s not really comp related....so is it a more fishing related practice?
Or just be because you can?

But seems a bit arbitrary to me.... 180cm target at 100’ with wrong hand isn’t much use as the target is to big for any fishing use...

what’s the furthest you can land a ‘wrong’ handed cast into a 60cm target 3 out of 5 attempts is more useful for me....

Ps.... wrong hand in a 60cm target is way, way less then 100’ for me, at 3 out of 5 attempts i’d settle for 50’ at the moment :D

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Post by Boisker » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:22 am

Just realised you posted in the sport section...
so ignore the above :D

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Post by bartdezwaan » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:33 am

That's very challenging Paul.
I am not even sure that I can cast 100ft left handed, but am in for giving it a shot.

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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:50 am

What is the purpose is a very good question! I don’t think there is one. I’m often asked why do I fly fish and I really don’t know. I just see it as a bit of fun for those who enjoy challenges.

I do know that the more you raise your game in général (fly casting) the more stuff you can make under pressure (fishing shots). But this particular challenge is because we have two board members with tennis elbow in their casting arm and I know that this is a very tough (but possible) challenge.

There are a lot of “challenges” in the Sexyloops Essential Level. We’ve had quite a lot of interest from clubs but still no one taking this test. I’m now looking at the higher levels. :D

Right must go fishing. Back later!

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Post by James9118 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:52 am

I'll see how far I can actually cast left handed first - bear in mind that I wont be hauling either, so 100ft with the wrong hand, non-hauled with a #5 may be a tough ask :D

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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:27 pm

I think 180 cm is actually not a bad target Matt. It’s not a money shot but it’s in the game. It depends what you are fishing of course. Anyway my targets have a 60cm ring as well, so Il try to aim for that :D I would like to think that with Snakehead tackle off the right that I could make that happen. I would certainly expect to be inside 180 with most shots. However what I would like to think is often not reality :cool:

I have guests coming mid-March onwards. I’ll bring the rings and tape measure down to the lake. It will be interesting!

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Post by Boisker » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:04 pm

180 cm at 100’ with the wrong hand is so far out of my possibilities Paul, I wasn’t questioning how hard that is to achieve... anyone who can do that with the wrong hand is in the very elite of casters.

I sometimes post quickly without making any serious point.... I forget this is sexyloops and the answer is probably “why not” when it comes to madly ambitious casts :D
In part I think that comes from where I fish.... small rivers / streams... so if/when I landed a fly 3/4 of a metre from where I was aiming you definitely hear colourful language... it would probably mean the fly was in a field or tree :laugh: ...... but safe to say that cast wasn’t made with the wrong had 100’ away :D

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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:51 pm

Of course :D and I very much doubt you’ll even need to cast 100ft under such circumstances! But it’s a doable shot in SW and I’ve watched fish veer 20ft to take a fly. But the challenge is to make it left (or non-dominant!) handed. I think we all know the challenge is possible. I’ll bring down the Accuracy Hoops next week assuming Squeaker makes its way over the hill and back. I blew the head gasket last week. That’s the third time now and the last time I’ll bother having it fixed.

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Post by Mangrove Cuckoo » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:32 pm

I won't need a witness!

I can guarantee right now that I cannot reach 100 feet with my left hand.

And I switch hands easily and often every time I fish or cast.

I look forward to the results!
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