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Every Day in May: Line

Drawing a line in the water is non-complicated for me: WF Floater or a Clear Intermediate. I haven’t missed a Double Taper floater until recently when I added some shorter rods into the mix for small stream presentations. No, usually, I am tossing for some distance on a bigger river or lake. I have little if any brand loyalty here. SA or Cortland or….doesn’t matter to me. My only line caveat is go with the newer Camo Intermediates as the older ‘clear’ lines coiled badly in colder waters. Beyond that take care of them, clean them, don’t bind them, don’t stretch them unless via a fish.

The line in the water stretching out, away on a lake…little curls playing away and perhaps riding the small riffles on the surface. The fish takes or plays and the little curls pulse away with little waves sent outward; a strike indicator as it were. The fly is too far away or not visible in the low light. The line’s straightening out in a jolt is the cue.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Topic: Leader


Intermediate v. Floating (Stillwater)


For a good part of my early flyfishing,  I only used a DT floating flyline. As a teenager, that is what I was told was the flyline to use. As the years passed, that is what I kept using, buying and using again. I did not know of other options. Ignorance of the  possibilities limited my tactics. Also, there was a predilection for dry flies and the surface take. At some point, I recall reading the adage ‘trout feed 90% of the time on nymphs’. So, I did adjust my arsenal to include Zug Bugs, Montana Stones, Bitch Creeks, etc but I still kept using the floating line to present these flies in streams. That, of course, makes sense. But, as I increased my stillwater/lake fishing the use of nymphs and a floating line, unless in the shoals, resulted in the floating line itself angling down into the lake and presenting the fly at an angle. I caught fish and was none the wiser. At some point about fifteen years ago, I was introduced to a ‘clear’ line and the rest was history. My catch rate dramatically increased. I would say that my Intermediate clear line is used for 80% of my stillwater fishing. The line is rated at a sink rate of 1″ per second, so doing the math in eight feet of water means you are waiting several minutes to get your line in the zone. Now, I said the line. Your weighted fly (bead head or lead/tungsten wrapped) will puncture the meniscus and dive to the zone much quicker. As it dives, the fly will help pull the tippet and intermediate line beneath the surface. If you are using a non weighted fly that needs to be subsurface, then the line should be tugged upon to break the surface tension for the line and encourage it to sink…then it will start its descent at 1″ per second. Patience is necessary here to not rush your presentation.

Cold weather was the nemesis of early clear, Camo Intermediate lines. Sitting out in cold weather on a lake and retrieving your clear line onto your apron or lap can result in a tangled pile of line. If you are low to the water, sometimes gently dangling the pile of spaghetti in the water and sorting out the tangles is easier. Sometimes. Floating lines and heavier Type III, etc. do not as easily tangle. Beyond that annoying occurrence, the clear line is a blessing. Leader/tippet length is said to be shorter because of the camo aspect of the clear line. I would still stay with the traditional 9’+ leader and still use fluorocarbon for the tippet. Casting requires retrieving enough line up to the surface to commence the cast. The line is not conducive to roll casts and moving into a false cast. But once you get the hang of it, it is a piece of cake and worth any fumbling sometimes encountered.

I still see many stillwater flyfishers only using a floating line regardless of the fly used. They catch fish. But if you move into water over ten feet, I would only using a sinking line. If a floating line is used, move away from the traditional DT (double taper) line and move to a WF (weight forward). It works much better for cutting through the wind.   

So, either swap out reel spools to switch lines (do that carefully as the extra reel spool is expensive plus the line costs) or carry two rods, one rigged with an intermediate and the other with a floating line. Take the (slow) plunge and your catch rate will rise dramatically once you learn how to manipulate the line to present the fly. Good luck!!           


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