Fly-fishing-lines. Match it to your rod.
Many fishermen use fly-fishing-lines which are too heavy. The reason they do this is they feel a need to cast the fly as far as possible and believe that a heavy line will help them achieve this.The reality is that they will probably never need to cast the fly such vast distances. They regard the ability to cast further than their peers as a measure of their virility.
With this in mind they choose the most powerful types of rod, forgetting that the power is provided not by the rod but by the angler. A rod designed for power will tend to be stiffer and more robust than one chosen for it’s accuracy and will make greater physical demands on the fisherman. Fishing with such a rod can be extremely tiring. Eight hours on the riverbank with one of these rods will leave you drained. A days fishing will become a test of endurance rather than an enjoyable break from your day-to-day worries.
The weight of fly-fishing-lines may not seem all that important but the heavier it is the more disturbance it will cause when it lands on the water. If you were a fish the noise and turmoil caused by a heavy line thudding into the water would send you scurrying in the opposite direction, away from the noise, and the fisherman’s hook!
Another point to consider when deciding which line to use is how will it affect the balance of your tackle? Unbalanced tackle will often result in a blank day fishwise and may also lead to broken tackle. To say nothing of one very disgruntled angler.
Balancing your kit is not as daunting as it may seem. To begin look at the rod you are using and make a note of it’s rating. If it is rated AFTM 5 then the line should be a 5and the tippet should have a breaking strain of 5lb. You can vary these numbers slightly but if you use a tippet of less than 5lb breaking strain the you run the risk of the tippet breaking when you encounter a larger than expected fish.
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