The All-American Casting Championship was one of
the most prestigious tournaments during the "golden
years" of casting (1940s and 1950s). It was always
hosted by the Jackson Park Casting Club (JPCC) in
Chicago. This legendary casting competition was
terminated when the JPCC, became inactive due to
New and old rod and reels of various types can be seen
on the rod rack. In the old days, most of the casters
favored cane rods, but today graphite in the choice of
Recently the indefatigable John Seroczynski, president
of the American Casting Association, thought that this
classic tournament should be revived. And it was. Casters
came from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin,
California, Texas and Illinois.
On August 23 the distance casting events were held at
the Valparaiso University athletic practice field,
Valparaiso, Indiana. The accuracy events took place
on August 24, at the Chicago Angling and Casting Club,
Here's a wrap-up of the fly-casting events:
THE TWO-HAND DISTANCE FLY-CASTING EVENT:
The rod used is similar to a Spey fly rod only longer and
more powerful. The caster has seven minutes to make
as many casts as he can. The longest cast determines
the winner, but the second and third long casts are
also recorded in case of ties.
John Seroczynski was not going to cast this event, or
any other distance fly events for that matter, because
of chronic back problems which required surgery.
We convinced him to enter the event even though he
was limping noticeably. He decided "to make only about
four or five casts to test his back." His first cast
went 200 feet. His second 227 feet and his next cast
went 234 feet. John reeled in after that cast. John
won first place, eclipsing Andy Statt's 226-foot
long cast and Zack Willson's 215-foot cast.
THE SINGLE-HAND DISTANCE FLY CASTING EVENT:
The weight of the line is equivalent to a No. 12,
but this is a button-busting event, because the
head must be almost 50 feet long. If you aren't a
strong double-haul caster, don't even consider this!
One can use any size running or shooting line and
the fly rod cannot be longer than 9 feet, 9 inches.
There is a five-minute time limit.
The winner was Jim C. Chapralis (hey, I think know
this guy!) with a cast of 166 feet. Keith Pryor and
John Seroczynski both cast 160 feet, but Keith's
second longest cast, 157 feet, topped John's by one
foot. Zack Willson finished fourth with a long cast
of 146 feet.
THE ANGLER'S DISTANCE FLY CASTING EVENT:
This is similar to the above except that basically a 30-ft.
No. 10 head (approximately 300 grains) is used and
the running line must be at least .015" in diameter.
West Coaster Keith Pryor won this event with only five
seconds to go (limit is 5 minutes) with a marvelous,
soaring cast of of 152 feet, topping Zack Willson's
150-foot cast, and Dave Roberts' and Jim Chapralis'
149 foot casts (Dave took third place as his second
best cast was 144 feet to Jim's 143 feet.)
John Seroczynski was declared the winner of the
All-Distance Fly Award.
The action now shifted to Chicago for the accuracy
events. Unlike the distance games, which had only
one division, the accuracy events included three
divisions (Men, Women, Seniors). Here are the top
casters and there scores for each accuracy fly event
in the various divisions.
The Trout Fly Event includes roll casting. John Seroczynski
(and other casters), often kneel on casting platforms to
get closer to the water, simulating actual fishing conditions.
TROUT FLY EVENT
Men: (1) Jay Klenk (98); (2) John Seroczynski (96); (3) Dave Roberts (92).
Seniors: (1) Zack Willson (96); (2); Bill Peters (95); (3) Dick Fujita (91).
Women: (1) Pam Peters (86); (2) Beth Statt (79).
DRY FLY EVENT
Men: (1) B. L. Farley, 97 (2), Andy Statt (96), (3) Dave Roberts (96).
Seniors: (1) Zack Willson (95), (2) Bill Peters (92), (3) Dick Fujita (92).
Women: (1) Pam Peters (92); Beth Statt (88).
BASS BUG EVENT
Men: (1) Paul Melchior (93); (2) Dave Roberts (93); (3) John Seroczynski (91).
Senior: (1) Jim Chapralis (90); (2) Frank Gralak (89); Bill Peters (86).
Women: (1) Pam Peters (91); Beth Statt (79).
The Chicago Angling and Casting Club pier is wonderful
place to spend a Sunday afternoon…that is, if you are
not trout fishing.
Interested in knowing more about these fascinating games?
FlyAnglersOnline has considerable background information
on the following events. (Just click on the event name):
Single-Hand Distance Fly Event
Angler's Distance Fly Event
Dry Fly Event
Trout Fly Event
Bass Bug Event
Casting practice-for accuracy and distance-is a
wholesome, fun activity that can be practiced just
about anywhere. And remember, expert casting usually
means better fishing results. ~ Jim C. Chapralis
Jim Chapralis is a world traveler, a pioneer in the international fishing
travel business, and author, most recently of Fishing Passion,
reviewed in our Book Review section. He is an avid angler - and caster.
You can reach Jim via his website