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  1. I have Recon 7'11" #10 and I like it more than any other "salt water rod" except Helios 9ft #10 which is so good that I use it only for distance competing. Generally if the same normal head WF line is cast using hauling using 9ft and 7'11" rods there comes so small difference to casting distance that it is almost impossible to find out when casting outdoors when wind often has more effect. But casting feels lighter using shorter rod. Only when line head is longer the longer rod begins to have small advantage and when casting to tail wind but when head wind casting shorter rod should be better. I have cast 400...450gr line heads using Recon so I line it as 11wt. Recon CCS: IP222g, ERN=10,6, AA70 and weight 107,7g (3.80oz). For comparison my Helios: IP222g, ERN 10,6, AA72 so they are very alike but Helios is very light 9ft rod only 98,0g (3.45oz). When I did cast SA MED WF5F line which we cast in competition there came about five feet difference which would come smaller if I cast Recon more. Esa
  2. Danielsson spools have reasonable prices and what is great they do not change designs often. I think there is only second generation on reels which have a brake and Originals are still originals after two or so decades since they were Loop-brand. Esa
  3. Mike, I read it and I acree all there is except that Andrews Drift does not lower rod tip which I have thought being good. So I must experiment his medhod because I usually cast rear weighted heads as well and my TH competition casting is very poor and I possibly have Drifted wrong? Yes when there come more and more TH rod casters who rock their bodies back and forth there come danger to small Tsunami Esa
  4. We compete under ICSF and fly casting rules are on second link in this page:
  5. Mike, it certainly does not hurt to be smart when learning casting or have good motorics and it seems that champions have both! Basically we need to analyze and then chance something and analyze again. I know that Tellis have competed in powerlifting and Dimitri do gym practice but then Sakke is slim and has won many medals and been on finals very often. I can't say how to proceed to be selected to USA team but each country can bring eight competitors to each class and lately there have been max three from USA. 2020 WC is in Sweden and I am sure it will be great event! I think if competitor is good enough and willing pay flight and contest accommodation and other fees then it should be possible. Perhaps entring few contests to veryfy caster is needed but they can be organized easily themself. If competition is arranged around NY I am sure I can come to compete and to help run it if I take my fife with me because she loves Manhattan. Lawn is best but it should have been moved recently and roomy enough that possibility to some direction turn is preferred. Someone needs to find out if it is possible to get equipment which is needed to set the track but if they are not near they are easy to make and investment is only about $50. Three 60 yard tape measures which two come as side lines and then five 33ft white strips which are placed 0m as casting line, 20m, 30m, 40m and 50m. Then four white wooden one feet sticks which have steel "nail" which are pushed to crass where fluff lands during round. We use quite costly Lazer distance measure which makes distance measure more accurate but third tape measure as a backup it is good to have. Esa
  6. I see Drift as a tool to prevent the Tailing Loop and when Drift quits working we need a stiffer rod! Esa
  7. Red your casting is already very good and you know that drifting is where some more gain easiest comes you already know following but I write it because it might give ideas to other. You already drift rod handle high, which is significant part what comes to increase potential to higher casting force, but perhaps you should allow hands come lower when you deliver and you can increase the force you produce using upper back (latissimus) muscles. And while you drift hands up drift rod tip down and following delivery casting stroke comes longer. I observe you bring your top hand elbow close to ribcage for delivery and it is good and if it comes natural it is great but perhaps it is better that you begin keeping elbow closer all the time during roll cast sweep? It might help keeping tracking better or prevent rod sending sideways waves to the line or just stress elbow joint less when Spey casting but thats how quys who have Spey casting experience seem to overhead cast and they overhead cast long as well Esa
  8. I believe I can contribute useful info to casting but what comes to catching stripers I don't so I won't Esa
  9. Mike you don't need to practice on lawn anymore but I really think for beginners it is essential at first. I do it because I compete and it is relaxing hobby only five minutes walk away. It helps my fishing too when I know my gear good and practice keeps me in shape although too much practice has injured me too like last year. But all the hours last year show this year when I have won two Seatrout class competitions and here it always means good pretty good casting if someone I wins Sakke Esa
  10. Why do you fly fish if you don't wan't to benefit using fly LINE casting? If catching, especially salt water fish, using weighted lures is often more productive and definitely easier! Esa
  11. I think avoiding the Tailing Loop is essential skill!!! TL can come with any style line. Always when I read "load" I first suspect TL problem. Still many believe that rod "load" is essential which then "slings" the line to distance. I think it is also essential to learn Drifting too! Because I Drift I can cast heavier line than Mike! I also believe that overhead casting practice is best when done on practice session preferably on lawn. Esa
  12. When line loop has run straight the cast can't continue much longer. Tail wind can help and also a fly which is heavy. If line loop runs straight too soon on a cast which is made longer using line shoot then there are few options. Longer line head. More overhang which is length of line between rod tip and beginning of the line head. This technically make line act longer but also when there comes less line loop effect to light line delaying line release does not "jerk" speed to line loop. Earlier release helps too but then some of the rod straightening speed does not transfer to the line. Esa
  13. 90ft is very good cast using less than 30ft line head and 11ft rod. However this seems to be line release timing issue! Try to see does the line loop run straight while it still goes on and then line piles when heavier rear continues to fly? The line loop run time on short line head does not last long and cast comes shorter but your casting force is good for longer cast. There might be some Tailing Loop which higher force the longer casts require can produce. Releasing line bit earlier does not accelerate line loop too much. Also using at least two feet of overhang usually delays line loop run speed. You should also test longer line head if those two do not help. If you see TL you need to Drift more. Edit: Now reading your post again I understood that your line loop does run all the way. Then releasing bit later gives the initial start to line loop run. Also braking shooting/running line in the end of line shoot accelerates line loop running straight. A fly which has relatively more weight than wind resistance can pull the line tip and leader in the end of cast. Perhaps not completely straight but farther than when light and bushy fly is used. Esa
  14. I have cast heavy lines using soft rods and light lines using stiff rods to see the effect but also to learn cast better. Line weight has huge influence to casting distance. Line head length significant and rod effect is very small until rod becomes too soft for the cast line. Stiffer rod produce longer casts but stiffer rods are usually heavier and it eventually limits distance gain when rod require more force to accelerate. Heavy rod also leads to injuries sooner or later. I think for me it is the haul which efficiency gets better with stiffer rod because I can aerialize bit more line using not as stiff rod. In Trout Distance competition where SA MED WF5F line is cast I use Orvis Helios 9ft #10 rod because I like its light only 3.45oz (98g) weight. Esa
  15. Best for learning by yourself is Fly Casting Video Masterclass portal and if you can access internet on practice field they are great when you first watch lesson and then practice it Esa