CHOOSE A ROD, LINE AND LEADER
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.