Fly fishing questions page
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Fly line sink rate
Fly line size
Question: I have been fly fishing for over 50 years and have a recurring problem that neither I nor any of my buddies have been able to resolve. When fishing dry flies on a breezy day, curly-cues develop in my tippet material. I've tried many brands with always the same result. The only things that work (a little) are shorter casts or heavier tippet. Is there a cure for this or is it something I just have to live with?
Answer: You can experiment with different leader designs (tapers) and that may help but the best answer assuming that the leader is OK is to be able to cast with a tight loop so that the tippet does not get blown around by the wind, cast low with a tight loop and the leader will land straight. If you are fishing on a river however the straight, tight line and leader may result in drag.
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Question: As a beginning fly fisher I'm trying to get the technique down should the fly be the first thing to hit the water or should the line 'roll out' with the fly being one of the last things to hit the water?
Answer: The fly is normally about the last thing to alight gently onto the water!
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Question: I began fly fishing in April 2010 and I love it, recently I was on holiday in the Lakes, I enquired at a stocked lake about fishing, I was advised that I would need a full sinking line to get the depth the fish were at. I purchased with advice from the shop a Scientific Anglers full sinking line WF8-S sink rate IV. when I returned to the lake the staff did not seem to understand the sink rates stated and kept referring to Di-7 & Di-5. Can you explain the difference. The sink rate stated on the box is 3.75 - 6.0 ips, sink depth 8' to 18'. Many thanks.
Answer: Sink rates are confusing and there is no industry standard so manufacturers make up their own descriptions. The Di range is from Airflow and you should be able to find a stated sink rate for them, the SA line #8 will have a sink rate of about 5 ips (they state a range because the sink rate (density) depends on the ratio of line coating to core material and is faster in the heavier ratings because there is more coating). How deep your line goes is just a matter of time, all sinking lines will reach the bottom and the 8ft to 18ft range quoted by SA is just to give some guidance and is not a literal limit.
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Question: For years I have always had fly line placed on my feel that matched the AFTM rating of my rod. #7 wt rod equals #7 WF fly line. A friend of mine told me to go up one on the line weight to get better distance with casting. What do you think?
Answer: Rods sometimes need lines a little heavier than they state but the best plan is to borrow a heavier line and try it on your rod before buying a line. Different line makes are also usually of different weights although in theory they might be expected to be the same, not so and some of the manufacturers openly quote heavier measurements for their own lines. Expert long distance casters often use a lighter weight line on a rod to allow them to carry more line in the air.