My casting approach then, and now, is the classic closed stance style, as I wanted to develop my casting technique to improve my fishing prowess more than I wanted to win at casting competitions. However as I attended more meetings and then even entered some Game Fair competitions, and sometimes won, I found that I had a mode that could be adapted for distance. Entering more competitions has helped me to hone my technique as I have been able to observe and learn from others with a similar style. Last year I became the first female to cast over 120ft with a 5# at a BFCC Competition and this year I am hoping to get back to full fitness and try to cast further, or at least repeat this. Casting with others and entering competitions has to be one of the best ways to enhance your distance. Also having my own personal coach is particularly advantageous as James has developed some amazing practice techniques to enhance aspects of my cast without changing my stance. He’s been able to advise others in the Club on these practices where appropriate with some interesting improvements showing in their distances too.
Hopefully my approach can show that whatever your style, you can improve your technique, cast further and become more adept at fishing too. It has probably helped that on our saltwater fishing trips I regularly throw large flies on wire leaders – you become quite focused on accuracy and technique to ensure you don’t hook yourself. It won’t be long before I’ll be flinging some big flies around again, hoping to catch some decent sized cudas and sharks (as well as my favourite species, the bonefish).
So whether you can cast 70ft or 90ft+, if you’re around Cullompton in Devon at the end of the month, come along and have a go as you could enhance your casting and have fun too,