Oh my God, seven years ago there was only me and another guy casting a long rod off the beach into the salt water. Times have changed. There are no disadvantages one cannot overcome. As far as casting over the top of fish close to the beach, casting parallel to said beach and walking in the direction of the cast works and covers more ground. I like to walk all over the beach when hunting anyway. Line management is a bitch especially with flat mono running line. I used to use baskets but I liked how the resistance of the line coming out of the water helped turn over the fly. A basket will help get out past 120 feet but it really doesn’t improve your odds. A basket helps keep the salad off your line, but it doesn’t do anything for fouling up your fly so if there is a lot of salad, I bail out after I get tired of plucking it off. I think what is really important are the advantages. Small, heavy heads can keep you casting when all the other guys have been blown off the beach. I am running a fly through the water a hell of a lot more than the single handers. But the number one reason is that it is totally bad ass. Which, of course, outweighs any disadvantages. So I have proposed something several times over the last seven years. A long rod clave on the salt water. In the past, usually the few that would even discuss it online, were too scared to actually meet. Seems like we could get a whole crowd out there now. Leland could bring the Orvis shop down and that way everyone could try all the rods available. Mumbles could supply doughnuts with his copious amounts of cash from pretending to work at work when he was really just writing on the fly site. And I’ll show up and make a fool of myself. It will be awesome!