I frequently practice casting at a nearby schoolyard. I have two newly acquired fly rods intended for a trip to the trout rivers of northern California. Usually I measure casting distances casually, by pacing; this time I measured every maximum cast with a tape measure. (Maximum distances, including leaders and yarn.) There was a trailing breeze, which added a few feet to most casts. I tested 4- and 5-weight lines on these new and old rods: fiberglass Fenwick FF75, 7 1/2' for 5-weight lines: DT4F: 79 feet; WF4F: 80 feet; WF5F: 81 feet graphite Dan Craft 7 1/2' 4-weight: DT4F: 79 1/2 feet Scott SAS 8' 4-weight: DT4F: 88 feet; WF4F: 80 feet (no breeze); WF5F: 80 feet Scott G series 8' 3" 4-weight: DT4F: 74 feet; WF4F: 84 feet Cabela/Gary Borger 8' 3" 3/4 weight: DT4F: 78 feet (no breeze); WF4F: 81 feet (breeze) J. Kennedy Fisher classic graphite 8 1/2' 4/5-weight: DT4F: 79 feet; WF4F: 81 feet Hook & Hackle 8 1/2' 4-weight: WF4F: 82 feet; WF5F: 81 feet Fisher M40 (higher modulous than classic) 8 1/2' 5/6-weight: DT4F: 77 feet; WF5F: 82 feet The conclusions to be drawn are obvious, although they go against conventional wisdom: Rod material, rod length, line weight and line configuration made surprisingly little difference. Neither did rod speed. These rods range between medium-slow and medium-fast. Finally, maximum distance itself is of limited importance for these rods, which will mostly be used at actual fishing distances half these maximum distances, or less.