With Carroll Hall

Danish style casting games are returning for more fun and opportunities to learn at Troutfest 2014. These games present unique challenges for both the beginner and experienced fly fishermen as they progress through five different casting challenges.

Individuals will be encouraged to use the course to improve their casting as they learn the games.  Volunteers from the Austin Fly Fishers will be there to assist as participants perform the required casting techniques.  Austin Fly Fishers volunteers will also score your efforts if you want to quantify your progress.  For more information and details see the following:

Hill Country Casting Games For GRTU Troutfest 2014
Adapted from Danish Fly Casting Games by Floyd Franke

Welcome to the new and exciting world of Danish Fly Casting. The name serves to honor Paul Jorgensen who lobbied long and hard for an obstacle course for fly casters. This modified course consists of five casting stations, each presenting a casting challenge encountered in the Texas Hill Country. The object at each station is to get the fly in the ring in the least number of casts. One may keep score or one may use the game for a learning experience. Casting instructors will be available at specified times to guide you through the course if you wish.

There are no restrictions on the rod, reel and line. A metal hook is prohibited and a small yarn fly attached to a minimum 7 ½ foot long leader is required. Rods and fly line should be matched and the rod should be a maximum of 9 ft and be 5,6 or 7 WT.  Loaner equipment will be available. Begin at station #1, proceed to station #2 then #3, and so on until you’ve cast at all the stations.

To score, add 1 demerit for each unsuccessful cast. Maximum for any one station is 10 demerits. For a learning experience approach each station as if a fishing situation, and you decide what are your requirements for success. Remember the real object of the game is to have fun.

Station #1 – Reach Cast (maximum 20 demerits)
The casting ring is 30 feet from the station.  A "reach marker" for the ending position of the rod is placed for the caster on the left and the right side. The caster attempts to place the fly in the ring and execute an aerial mend with the rod ending behind the marker. The contestant will be allowed to either slip line or not slip line at his option but the end target remains the casting ring.  The caster attempts both a right and left mend. Score twice, once for right reach cast, once for left reach cast.

Station #2 – Straight line/Slack line (maximum 20 demerits)
The casting ring is 30 feet from the station. Two ropes, the width of the casting ring, make a boundary between the ring and the station. Cast once attempting to place the fly in the ring with the fly line within the boundaries (straight line). Cast again attempting to place the fly in the ring and the fly line to the left and to the right of the rope boundaries (slack line) Score twice, once for straight line, once for slack line.

Station #3 – Ambidextrous (maximum 20 demerits)
The casting ring is 35 feet from the station. Attempt to place the fly in the ring twice: Once casting with the right hand, once with the left hand. Score twice, once for right hand and once for left hand.

Station #4 – Limbo (maximum 10 demerits)
The casting ring is 35 feet from the station. Three feet in front of the ring is a horizontal hazard suspended 3 feet off the ground. Use a side arm cast to place the fly under the hazard and in the ring.  Note that the line is not allowed to “wrap around” the hazard from either side.

Station #5 – Tight Loop (maximum 10 demerits)
The casting ring is suspended 5 feet above the ground and 35 feet from the station. Cast a narrow loop so that the fly and line pass through the ring and remains on the opposite side of the loop when all the cast line comes to rest on the ground.

Distance Cast - Several practice casts are allowed for distance but the contestants must clearly state when they are ready for their one officially scored attempt.  A direction will be established for measurement so that an advantage results from better aligned casts.