We’re aware that distance casting isn’t everyone’s thing (actually competitive casting of any kind is always going to be very niche), so we’ve decided to start another competition that isn’t distance related. I think the sight of people casting the #5 MED huge distances put a lot of people off trying it (or if they did try, they didn’t enter), so we’re hoping that the ‘Wiggle Cast Challenge’ will appeal to some of those casters who contacted us via Facebook requesting a different competition type.
The rules are very simple (or they were until we started talking about targets); perform a wiggle cast, with any outfit, down a tape or line. Then count the number of times the fly-line cuts across the line on the ground (no adding wiggles after the fly-line has landed). The current leader is a certain Lasse Karlsson with a score of 12. I’m pretty sure this is going to be beaten, in fact Tracy is raring to have another go as her first wiggle missed the line entirely and she still scored 11.
As with the PULD challenge there are going to be prizes for the winners, what these are has yet to be decided but they’ll be good (maybe fishing trips like with the PULD). Hopefully we’ll get some entries from a different casters, but we’ll see how it goes.
We did discuss whether the fly should also land in a target for the new challenge, with perhaps an extra couple of points added for being successful. It’s also possible to have a sliding scale determined by the size of the target, i.e. the smaller the area the more bonus points awarded. Any thoughts about this would be appreciated – but only if you intend entering (we’re not changing the rules for someone who has no intention of trying).
If you’re planning on entering either competition then good luck, they both present a significant challenge.
Have a great week,