Flyfishing Tackle

by Fly Fisherman

Flyfishing tackle.

Before even picking up a rod potential fly caster should understand the basic difference between flycasting and other forms of casting. In other forms, a hefty four is thrown, pulling a light line after it a while in flyfishing heavy line is thrown, pulling the light lure behind it. Once this point is clearly understood the importance of matched equipment becomes clear and matched equipment starts with the rod.


Originally, fly rods were made of wood, preferably bamboo and the purpose of the rod was to deliver an artificial fly lightly on the surface of a stream in such a manner that it would float freely and to see the trout into taking it for the real thing. Today’s fly rod made the made of either glass or bamboo or composite material and its purpose is to deliver any one of a variety of concoctions. Designed to look like anything any fish might conceivably want to eat.

The fly rods are built according to specifications, which will give suitable action for the job they are designed to do and just as in a golf player picks up a different club for each special shot. So in flyfishing the lie of the fish or the nature of the fish or the type of water being fished, determines the rod. The angler chooses. They’re a fast action rods with the action extending only a few inches from the And there are immediate action sticks. With the action comes down to the middle of the rod there a slow action rods with the entire stick works all the way down into the grip. Each of these rods has a definite job to do. For instance, in general, small stream fishing calls for a 7 1/2 foot rod weighing three quarter ounces and an HEH line with leader taper down to 4x, 5x, 6x, while a larger stream is better fished with an 8 foot rod was probably an HDH line (An HDH line corresponds roughly to what we now call a DT5. HCH=DT6, etc.) and leader taper down to 3X or 4X. and, still generalizing a dry fly calls for a stiff action rod will he wet fly or a streamer is better handled on a slower action stick.

The stiff action recommended for age why fly rod means that the butt section is stiff and the action is limited almost entirely to detect, reaching down only a few inches or at most of the middle of the rod to look for this action the angler should hold the grip firmly with both hands extending the rod in front of him. Parallel to the ground and in part a sideways motion to the stick. You can then readily see where the action is and how far it comes down the rod.

Stiff action should be sought in every dry fly rod, whether it is a 7 1/2 foot or for the average trout or an 8 1/2 footer for big brownies and rainbows. Landlocked salmon or Atlantic salmon. The fast action of the temple more readily deliver the false casts required to drive the surface like that will get it out there to drop on the dime size spots so often needed to make a fish take a dry.

The rod for use with wet flies should be slower than a dry fly stick because the angler must wait longer for the line to poll the heavier and bigger fly through its backward journey before the forward cast is made. The action should come well down into the pot as there is little need for more than one or at most two false casts in this type of fishing for the same reasons the wet fly action rod is also ideal for casting small streamers and bucktails and nymphs and waited nymphs.

While there is therefore no ideal all-purpose rod, if I had just to choose one stick for all kinds of trout fishing. I would choose the slower action, what fly rod. A rod 8 feet in length and weighing 424 halves ounces. Equipped with an HDH. mind in a long leader from 10 to 14 feet and lying this rod can be used effectively for both wet and dry fishing. When casting a dry fly with such a rod however, the angler must remember to wait for his backcast giving the fluffy light dry fly plenty of time to make its journey back loop over and straighten out before he makes the forward thrust to produce a flat forward cast that will tangle leader and fly in the line for converse is true if a fast action dry fly rod is used for what fly fishing. The size and weight of the fly on the light rod usually makes good timing, difficult and results in a jerky and sloppy cast.

Fly fishing for bass, calls for a special rod, one capable of handling GBF or GAF line, which in turn is capable of carrying out the large hair bowl sought or plastic bugs. The big streamers and bucktails or the spinner and fly combinations commonly used by bass fishermen.

For small malice in both rivers and lakes. The eight and half like slow actions stick with a GBF line does the trick. But when fishing for largemouth much larger bogs and flies are usually calling for 9 or 9 1/2 foot, slow action rod with a GAF line. Especially in the brackish water or large lakes that largemouth frequent. The bigger outfits make for much easier casting and allows the angler to get the lure out with only one or most two false casts. With a stiff action rod and these big wind resistant wars. It would be difficult to get distance without a great deal of false casting and the angler’s arm would be worn out at the end of the day.

Generally speaking, fly rods for use in assault are bigger than those used in freshwater. Along the ocean flats or bays and inlets where flyfishing is practiced. There is usually at least some wind and to meet this contingency alone the nine or 9 1/2 foot slow action rod is way ahead of a shorter stick or a fast one. Either of which would call for repeated false casts in order to get mine out in the wind. Especially with the large wind resistant flies used in assault.

The slow action is also of prime importance, because saltwater fish are continually on the move not feeding on a station as our trout and the angler must flip the fly out fast to an on calmer before it sees him and flushes. In many cases saltwater fishing calls for a split-second action, the faster the fly is delivered, the more likely it will get a hit. A big slow action rod will get the line out with a single false cast while a shorter stiffer rod will take several.

In my opinion, the 9 1/2 foot stick, as it over the nine footer for saltwater casting because he can do everything is sure to one can and can do a couple of them batter. It enables the caster to keep his backcast hi, and lets him, in part better action to the fly, which is important in assault, and it also enables him to keep the fly high in the water. When fishing the shallows so that it will not think and catch an underwater growth.

However, a 9 foot rod with a slow action will also handle the GAF line, which is best suited to ocean fishing.

There are some 10 foot rides which have suitable slow action for saltwater flyfishing, but in general, the manufacturers have made them too heavy and to stiff. Under the mistaken impression that this is what is needed for bonefish and other denizens of the sole shallows. These and a few night at half voters with the same stiff action and weighing as much as eight half to 11 1/2 ounces require a 3A or 4A line to bring out what little action there is in the sticks. In the whole outfit is much too heavy and stiff for fast and accurate casting. The same end result is achieved with some short and extremely stiff special tarp on rods, which have been shown occasionally.

The only place I have seen really didn’t rods give credit to bowl performance is on some Atlantic salmon rivers, and even for this finish the trend has been more and more toward the smaller rod classifications until today on most North American rivers and goes or using 8 1/2 and 9 foot rides and enjoying their fishing. Just that much more. However in some of the big waters of the Norwegian rivers, which produced the largest Atlantic salmon in the world. There is definitely a place for the big two-handed rods.

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