My apologies for not having posted the link here earlier.
I don't think the western flyfisher in Daniel's article was a proficient caster if he couldn't lay out 40 feet to a pocket (at 2 ft tippet, 9 ft leader, and 30 ft flyline, one doesn't even have the full head of a WF4F line out of the rod tip!)... Now, whether that person can get more than a second of drag-free western drift at 40 feet out to pocket water is a whole other story with unicorns and other things that exist only in our imaginations
I probably didn't phrase that quite right. Indeed he could easily have cast however many feet of line he wanted, but indeed he would not have been able to get a second of drift in that water. When I asked him to cast to that spot, his reply really was, "I can't" but I think he meant he couldn't really fish it. About proficiency, he's been fly fishing for over 40 years, and has worked at the major fly-fishing retailer for the last few years. No questions about his proficiency. We captured the entire scene on film (Brian was working on the documentary that day), and hopefully it will make it into one of our cuts down the road.
Here's a picture of the water, the spot I asked him to cast is not visible, but would be just upstream on the other side of the current:
Unhappily in my place it will not work, lots of wind year round...
If it is VERY windy it would be difficult, but with good technique (fast casting, forward cast bringing the rod tip low or sidearm, and then pulling the rod tip back a bit to get off the water) it can be done very well. It is my preference to use a softer rod for windy conditions and really to let the rod work for you. But, i wouldn't cast 25ft of line, would probably do 20ft at the most.
I'm not convinced that one can keep consistent pressure on a wily fish that likes to run at you to put slack in the line to throw the hook. Could someone elaborate on the technique on how to keep consistent pressure with long-line?
That is one of the trickier parts, as I mention, which took me sometime to get a feel for. Not sure I can completely elaborate it in writing and unfortunately i think this is a part best left for experience than for writing about. But, the way I think of it, with a small fish bring it in fast; so, fight the fish, when you grab the line pull the fish in. With a larger fish you have to feel it, let it run a bit when it wants to but not completely letting go of the line, then pull it in. FYI, I use barbless hooks.
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