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Rio's Powerflex Trout Leader delivers the best casting accuracy, strength, and versatility in fly-fishing. Pre-tied loop for easy line-to-leader connection.
Expert Advice - Fly Fishing Line
Choosing The Right Fly Fishing Line
Fly fishing, more than any other form of fishing, requires a balanced system - rod, reel, line, and leader all need to work together. Therefore it is important to select the right line and leader to ensure that your system works as a unit.
Choosing The Right Fly Fishing Line
There are a number of factors involved in choosing the proper fly fishing line.
Fly fishing line weight is ranked from 1 to 15, with 1 being the lightest and 15 the heaviest
Lighter lines are suited for delicate presentations and for casting light flies
Heavier lines are best for casting large, wind-resistant and heavy flies
Line weight is the easiest to select since this should be matched to your rod and reel
Fly fishing requires a balanced system so match the reel and rod. If you don't, you will hurt your casting accuracy and efficiency.
A 5 weight reel matches up with a 5 weight rod, so it follows that you should select a 5 weight line
Some manufacturers give a leeway by saying you can go one weight above or below this, say a 4 weight or 6 weight line with a 5 weight reel and rod. If you want to be safe, though, match the line, rod and reel exactly.
Your fly fishing line weight should also be selected based on the fish you want to catch
You'll need line weights from 1 to 7 for lighter fish such as panfish and most trout
Bass need a little heavier line, from 6 to 9 weight.
Larger fresh water and salt water fish take the heaviest lines--an 8 to 15 weight.
To help you cast more efficiently most fly lines are tapered. This taper varies in weight, diameter and thickness over the length of the line.
There are five main types of taper, each to meet a specific purpose
The taper is listed as an abbreviation by the manufacturer, with the usual abbreviations included in the following discussion:
Weight-forward (WF) taper
These are the most popular and the best choice if you are a beginner
The first 30 feet or so of line is heavier because of its tapered front end
The rest of the line is thinner and is known as the running line
The weight-forward line helps with long casts and better precision even in windy conditions
Bass bug/salt water (BBT) taper
This taper is much like the weight-forward design except that the front section does not run as long
This design helps with heavier flies, hence its use for catching feisty bass or bigger salt water fish
Double taper (DT)
DT fly lines are preferred by seasoned fly anglers
These lines work especially well in making delicate presentations on small- to medium-size rives since the belly is at the center, with both ends gradually tapering
This makes the line highly economical too because when one end wears out, you can turn the line around and use the other end
This line won't cast as far or provide as much wind resistance as a weight-forward line
Shooting taper (ST)
ST lines cast farther than other lines so they are designed for fast-running rivers and in extreme wind conditions. The line portion (front section) is stout and short to form a casting loop.
Most anglers attach a shooting line on the running line using monofilament, braided line or a very fine diameter fly line
Level (L) taper
These lines are uniform in diameter throughout, making them the most economical
If you are a beginner don't try to save money this way. Level taper lines are the most difficult to cast so they really are best used by seasoned veterans, primarily for fly fishing with live bait.
How your line behaves on the water depends on its density or line type, which affects its buoyancy
With different types of line available, consider buying a spare spool for your reel, when you purchase your reel. That way you can spool various types of line and switch spools to meet conditions.
There are four choices, and each carries an abbreviation, included below, to identify its density:
Floating (F) lines
These do as they say--they float on the water's surface
Floating lines are good for beginners since they are easier to cast and handle
Floating lines also are a must for dry flies, but they can also work with wet flies, nymphs and streamers that are fished several feet below the surface
Intermediate (I) lines
These are a little denser than water so they sink slowly to present a fly just below the water's surface
These lines work well in shallow, weedy lakes and in choppy waters where you want your line to stay below the choppiness
Sinking (S) lines
These lines do the opposite of floating lines--they sink
They are designed for deep lakes and deep, fast-flowing rivers
Some manufacturers also put a Roman numeral after the S to show how fast their line sinks in inches per second. For example, an S II line sinks about two inches per second
These lines are best for wet flies, nymphs and streamers at a constant depth
Floating/Sinking (F/S) lines
These combine the two characteristics--the five foot-- to twenty foot tip or front portion sinks to present the bait while the balance of line floats on the water
Manufacturers display the depth and speed that the front part of the line sinks
This floating/sinking line gets your fly down while helping you maintain control, so it's good for fish such as salmon and steelhead
If you are a beginner, select a highly visible color--yellow, orange, lime green and some shades of tan
These colors are easier to see on the water when you cast so you can more easily recognize and correct any casting mistakes
For sinking lines, you should go with something that's less visible to fish such as brown, olive, dark green or black
Fly lines need a thin, high-visibility line tied between the reel spool and back end of your fly line
This generally comes in 20-pound to 30-pound test, with 20-pound suggested for fly line weights less than 8 and the 30-pound test for use with 8-weight line or higher
Backing performs three critical functions:
This adds length to your fly line, which typically runs only 90 feet
This then helps you land big, strong fish that run with your line. Experts suggest that use at least 100 yards of backing but up to 200 yards for longer-running fish and salt water fish.
This also keeps your reel spool full, making line retrieval faster and minimizing line recoil. (See fly reels.)
To make delicate presentations--or another way of letting your fly or other selected lure hit the water like a natural bug--you need a special, tapered length of line that connects your fly line to the fly
The fly is then tied to the thinnest part of the line called the tippet, which ensures there won't be a big splash that scares away that big fish
When you're out on the water, you want several different sizes and lengths of leaders to adapt to changing conditions and fly sizes
Leaders come in a system that helps you match the size of the tippet with the weight of your fly
The tippet is the end section of your tapered leader, the part that ties to your fly
These tippets carry an "X-rating" based on their diameter ranging from 0X to 8X
It's a little deceiving because OX is the thickest and strongest and 8X is the thinnest and weakest. Just remember to think opposite of the number designations.
It is important to carry extra spools of tippet material. Each time you tie a fly, you reduce the length of your leader. After half a dozen changes, you probably will have shortened your leader a foot so you can get back to where you started by tying on another foot of tippet.
There are two ways to choose a leader:
Based on fly size follow these guidelines:
Determine Your Leader
Recommended fly sizes
fly sizes 2 - 1/0
fly sizes 4 - 8
fly sizes 6 - 10
fly sizes 10 - 14
fly sizes 12 - 16
fly sizes 14 - 18
fly sizes 16 - 22
fly sizes 18 - 24
fly sizes 22 - 28
To help even more, 4X and 5X are used most often for trout, with 3X and 6X close behind
Leaders six feet and shorter are best with sinking or sink-tip lines
Small streams are perfect for 7 1/2-foot leaders
For trout, use a 9 foot leader since this length works well with dry flies, wet flies and nymphs on fast-moving water
In slower water where you really need extreme delicacy, use longer leaders--12 feet or more
Choosing The Right Fly Fishing Line
Density / Color / Backing
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