and Leader Tips
If you want to improve
your catch. (and who doesn’t) There are many things you can
work on. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? So let’s
look at your casting technique. This is one of the most
common reasons for a poor catch.
Does your cast end up
with the leader collapsing into a tangled heap, If this is
the case, then first check your back cast. Does it unroll in
a neat, tight loop and then fully straighten out, before you
start on the forward cast? Also, what length of leader are
If space isn't a
problem, a twelve foot leader is great for keeping your line
well away from the fish, but only if you have the skills
necessary to get it to turn over and straighten out. A 9
foot leader will be easier to cast and easier to present the
fly to the fish, while still keeping the fly line a good
distance away, and you can always extend it further with a
long tippet, although again you may have similar
problems with turning and straightening out.
The longer and finer the
tippet, the more bites you’ll get. But only if you are able
to present the fly correctly. If space is too restricted for
long casts, go down to a 7 ½ foot leader. This will help you
keep more fly line in the air when you cast.
Try experimenting with
different leader and tippet lengths. But..... Above all,
practice, practice, practice, and then, your fly fishing
will definitely improve.
Many beginner fly
fishermen think that the reason they’re not catching
anything is because they’re using the wrong fly, so they
swap it for another and cast again, and then they do it
again. The problem with this is: Each time you change flies,
your leader gets shorter and the tippet becomes thicker as
you move up the tapered line. As you get higher, threading
the tippet through the eye of the fly hook becomes more
difficult, and the fish is more likely to notice the tippet.
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