Casting competitions usually come in two types: straightforward distance affairs; and in-line, hoop-to-hoop accuracy events. Hardly a test of skill for the competitor, and not exactly riveting for spectators either.
Which makes the new UK Casting Championships promises to be the most exciting innovation to hit the show circuit in years. Developed to test all the abilities that a proficient fly fisherman should have, the championship is based around a deceptively simple obstacle course that puts competitors through their paces.
Each competitor will use a 9’ – #6 weight Fly Rod with a #6 WF Floating line, to which is attached an 8’ leader with a piece of wool attached as the “fly” (hooks are not used). The course will be set up on grass or water, depending on the venue, and consists of 6 different obstacles (see diagram). The competitors will need to demonstrate a mastery of basic extension and targeting accuracy, mending and reaching ability to overcome natural obstacles, vertical accuracy, casting a “loop”, and re-targeting at a longer range. Entrants will score 1 point for each target, and must complete as many targets as possible in a 2-minute time limit.
Qualifying rounds will be held at:
Kelmarsh Country Fair 16th & 17th April Kelmarsh Hall, Northants
Chatsworth Angling Fair 20th & 21st May Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Highclere Country Fair 28th & 29th May
Chatsworth Country Fair 2nd & 3rd September Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Midland Game Fair 16th September
The Grand Final will then be held at the Midland Game Fair,
The UK Casting Championships 2006 is supported by Countryman Fairs, Carrilon