“Follow these best practices to get the most out of your fishing lines”
According to most major fly fishing line manufacturers there are many different reasons that fly fisherman should regularly clean their fly line. Some of these reasons are environmental such as exposure to heat, or fishing in dirty/stained water while others are human-induced like exposure to solvents found in insect repellents or sun screen. The bottom line is that if you consider all of these factors together they could severely hamper the performance and lifespan of your respective fly line. A properly cleaned line will reduce the amount of friction in the guides, decrease tangling and improve floatation of the line on the water.
- Which Fly Line is Suitable for Me?
A line is a crucial component in fly-fishing delivery system. It determines whether the fly reaches the target or not and whether the fish is caught or not.
- For a starter in fly-fishing, selecting a fly line is a difficult task. He has to be familiar with the different measurements available and many terms related to it. To grasp the idea of choosing the appropriate line, conduct some research from various sources such as Internet, books, and professionals. Here are some tips on selecting the ideal fly line for trout fishing.
- Start thinking of two types of lines – a floating line and an intermediate line. The floating lines are helpful when using floating flies, otherwise called the dry flies. With floating line you can cast various nymphs also though they are sub surface preys for the trout. Floating lines can be used easily in shallow waters, and with the help of leaders you can reach them to more depths also. Intermediate lines allow your fly to remain in a steady position and thus ensure complete visibility for the trout. A
- pplying long leaders have been a critical experiment among the fly fishers. Remember, the floating lines are very light, and in case you have to make a deeper drag for them, like for instance, to present a nymph at a deeper position for a long time, you need the combination of the floating lines with long leaders.
- Floating lines have micro balloons inside them which enable them float on the water surface. The floating lines are made with an optimum density so that the micro balloons inside them do not resist the movement of the line when there is a wind flow. There are new varieties of floating lines that are coated with water-resistant materials. When these are cast, they float higher than the old lines with the same density.
- The third type of fly line is the sinking line. These sink between three and five inches depending on the line weight. These types of lines are ideal for fishing at the drop-offs, i.e., the zone of the lake where the shallow water turns deeper, and the bottom is not visible. Drop-offs are the ideal hideouts for trout, and so the sinking line is an ideal choice for a trout hunting.
- Fly line length and weight are standardized. Fly line weights are measured in grains (7000 grains is equivalent to one pound). Ideally the fly lines are ninety feet long, and they come in different weights. The line weight should match the weight of your rod. If you have chosen a six-weight rod, you must choose a six-weight line. Heavier lines are used to cast longer distance and also when fishing in windy conditions. Lighter lines are used in still waters.