A good man with a hand-thrown weight can get it out plenty far. I would guess 75-100 yards or more. Fire extinguishers at least twice as far, maybe more. I use fly line for my main line. Doesn't knot up when you heap it on the ground when handlining a fish in. I didn't use a reel. If I used mono I would go with around 20lb test. Fish don't care. You can use a lighter test for your hook leads, maybe 12 lb or so. Anchor weight is around 10-12 ounces. For hand throwing you can't beat railroad spikes.