The Real Distances in Fly Fishing

January 21, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Out of curiosity I once calculated that on an average “good” day (with reasonable visibility) of guiding for permit or tarpon I poled my skiff 13.5 miles. Don Oliver finds a similar surprise when his sore arm prompts him to calculate that he casts an average of 2.18 miles per day. “As I was applying heat to my sore shoulder and arm, as I didn’t want to waste the ice for my after-fishing scotch on something as trivial as sore body parts, I began to wonder, ‘Just how much line do fly fishermen cast in a day?'” In the Farmington (New Mexico) Daily Times.