Selecting the Right Tackle
One of the most
important things to consider when Fly-fishing is choosing your tackle the right
way. Many people overlook this important factor and start with the wrong
assumptions. They first buy the rod, then the line to match the rod, and then
the reel and then they buy the flies they will need to fish. The fact is the
flies are the most important in determining weather or not you will be catching
The tackle selection
process should go as follows:
First you must select
the correct flies that you will be using to catch the type of fish you will be
attempting to catch. The type of fly that is abundant in that particular
environment. We will get into the types of flies to use in the right environment
later on in the book. For now, accept that the fly should be chosen first.
Once the fly assortment
has been chosen, the next logical progression should be the line that will be
used to catch the fish. The major between fly-fishing, spinning and plug
casting, is that with the last two types of tackle, the lure is used as a weight
that drags the line from the reel to the target point of fishing. Flies are
almost weightless, so you will need something to haul the line to the target
area. That weight is the fly line, which can be linked to an unrolling sinker.
Just before the stop of the back cast and the forward cast, the line is
straight. On the stop the line begins unrolling, transporting the fly to the
There are four basic
types of fly lines: Level taper, double taper, weight forward and shooting
taper. Now, within these four tapers there are many variations. Some companies
produce several hundred of fly lines. The good thing however, is that once you
decide what type of fishing you will be doing, you'll be using only a specific
type of line.
Lines are given numbers
from 1-15, and the most commonly used lines are numbered 3-12 in weight. As a
rule the first 30 feet of a line is weighted and this line must be matched to
the rod for optimum casting. Since most anglers have a variety of different
outfits, each outfit is then matched to a different line to match each rod.
As a rule, most
manufacturers will have a label attached to each reel, which will usually
indicate the lines' weight or number.
About The Author
Brett Fogle is the publisher of Fly Fishing Secrets, an insiders guide to
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