Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Know How -

Put the 15-footer away. I use 9 ft-10 ft sin­gle-handed rods, rated six- to eightweight. A 9 ft 6 in seven-weight is ideal. A sin­gle-han­der also frees up your line hand. A light dou­ble-han­der or switch rod can be used if fish­ing at greater dis­tance and the ex­tra reach can be ben­e­fi­cial. Use a fly-line with a short head be­cause you may hand-line (re­trieve) all the way around the swing and need to re-de­liver the fly with min­i­mal false casts or pop it straight back out with a spey cast. Avoid heavy lines, which cause un­wanted sur­face dis­tur­bance. Use a knot­less ta­pered leader – 10 ft is ideal. The longer the leader, the harder it is to keep a fly on the sur­face, but low water and spooky fish some­times de­mand it. A ta­pered leader will en­sure the fly turns over and fishes cor­rectly im­me­di­ately. It also stops the line kick­ing over and ru­in­ing an ac­cu­rate cast with poor pre­sen­ta­tion. The con­nec­tion from the leader to the line should be a tidy nee­dle knot with min­i­mal turns, to min­imise dis­tur­bance in front of the fly in glassy pools. Braided loops are not a great op­tion as they can ab­sorb water and drag the tip down.

Im­prove pre­sen­ta­tion with a ta­pered leader.

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