George Katilus’ Northeast Fly Fishing & Wingshooting Show

March 27, 28, 29, 1998

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association March 1998 Newsletter)


George Katilus' Northeast Fly Fishing And Wingshooting Show will be held at the New Jersey Convention Center at The Raritan Center on March 27, 28, 29, 1998. The JCAA will have a booth at this show and will also have the Grand Prize on display for JCAA’s 4th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament. This is a Yamaha powered, 19 foot Cobia center console boat with trailer which carries a price tag of over $25,000! This will be your opportunity to see the prize you can win for just entering JCAA’s 4th Annual Jersey Coast Fluke Tournament on June 6th and attending the door prize drawing at Resorts Casino Hotel on June 12th.

You will have the opportunity to watch and get first-hand instruction from fly fishing pros at the Northeast Fly Fishing & Wingshooting Show. There be will free seminars all three days and three 100-foot casting ponds will provide great opportunities to learn from the nation's top saltwater fly fishermen and fly tiers. Every angler who picks up a fly rod wants to quickly learn fly casting and all those techniques of gracefully driving a fly into a stiff wind without hooking his own ear. But if you already believe you have mastered the art of fly casting, don't read any further or you may be depressed for days.

Do you have any idea of the world record distances for fly casting? Brace yourself fishermen! For the record, Steve Rajeff, a rod designer for the G. Loomis Company, has held the All-Round World Championship 13 times from 1973 to 1996. His greatest single-hand cast was an astounding 248 feet (that's nearly the length of a football field) with a 9 1/2-foot rod. Steve used a 50-foot shooting taper weighing 38 grams (about 1 1/4 ounces) and 6-pound test monofilament running line.

The greatest distance for fly casting goes to Wolfgang Fiege, who used a double-handed fly rod to cast 319 feet. Now that's farther than the best quarterback in the NFL can throw a football on his best day! Wolfgang used a 17-foot rod with a 60-foot shooting taper weighing 120 grams (about 4 1/2 ounces) and six-pound-test mono running line. Wolfgang's shooting head is equivalent to 30-weight fly line!

These casts were impressive feats, to be sure, but even Steve Rajeff knows down deep that you don't really have to be a great fly caster to catch fish. It's good to know the techniques that will help you cope with the wind under certain conditions, but it's more important to understand structure and fish habits than firing long casts. You will have the opportunity to watch and get first-hand instruction from fly fishing pros at the at the Seminars held at Northeast Fly Fishing & Wingshooting Show, held at the New Jersey Convention Center at The Raritan Center on March 27, 28, 29, 1998. For more information on this unique show, call 732 892-8008.

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