Fly fishing Lines

by Fly Fisherman

Great care should be taken to be sure that the rod is properly lined. It is a moot point whether the underlined or the over- lined rod is harder on the caster. Overloading will result in sloppy casts, poor presentation and lack of accuracy, and it is difficult to manipulate the fly with a too-heavy line on a too- light rod. Underlining the rod will cause just as much trouble. There will not be sufficient weight to carry the line back on the backcast, allow it to turn over, then follow the forward cast and shoot the line with authority. The angler will have to resort to false cast after false cast, inching the line out that way and finally ending up with shattered nerves and a sore arm.
In choosing a line it should be remembered that nylon is lighter than silk and handles more easily. It does not slap down on the water as hard and it dries more quickly. This latter item is important because there is nothing worse than trying to cast a waterlogged line.

A fly line is named according to the way it is tapered-that is, the way it varies from thick to thin diameters. In most commercial lines the heaviest midsection or belly diameter in ordinary use is A. B diameter is lighter than A, then C, and so on down the alphabet to just about the lightest belly used in fly fishing, an E. Generally speaking, the lighter the line, the harder it is to cast, though that doesn’t mean that the heaviest is necessarily the best for all kinds of casting. Tapers are woven into lines in order to meet varying needs.

The amateur angler nearly always encounters an expert who completely befuddles him with talk of “calibrations” and “thousandths” and so on, in describing the construction of lines. But this kind of knowledge adds very little to fishing, and throughout this book I will use the commercial letter descriptions of lines, and with these letters plus the knowledge of what they mean in the placement of weight in the line, anyone can go into a tackle store and order the line he needs for the fishing he plans to do.
For instance, a double-tapered HDH fly line, which fits the average 8-foot, 4-ounce rod, is so tapered to give i) sufficient weight in the D section for casting in the atmosphere of the average trout stream; 2) sufficient light H taper in the forward section to fall lightly on the water and so not to frighten fish; 3) sufficient light H taper back of the D section to allow for easy shooting

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