Posts Tagged ‘fly line

29
Mar
17

It should be relaxing…

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.”  Washington Irving

Deschutes R.-under tree-SwittersB

18
Feb
15

Brooding but beautiful…

brooding sky over head

distant thunder heard beyond

so tuned to nature

reflection-lake-fly line-Oregon-SwittersB-brooding clouds

24
Mar
14

Adaptations: Lemons and Lemon Juice

“Life handed him a lemon,  As Life sometimes will do.  His friends looked on in pity,  Assuming he was through.  They came upon him later,   Reclining in the shade  In calm contentment, drinking.  A glass of lemonade.” Dale Carnegie

This morning, I was reading a piece over on Limp Cobra re casting styles. One of Marc Fauvet’s frequent topics is casting the fly line (hence Limp Cobra references a type of fly line presentation Marc created years ago). I was reminded, by Marc’s post today, that one has to adapt not only in fly casting mechanics under normal circumstances, but when things change in life due to physical limitations.

Photography-Injured Hand-Fused Wrist-Arthritis-Injuries-SwittersBYears ago, my right hand and wrist were repeatedly injured through various activities. Arthritis resulted in the right wrist and the pain became unbearable. Ultimately, my right wrist was basically disassembled, hip bone was brought in to replace the arthritic wrist, the new bone/joint was fused solid. Then a ten inch long titanium bar was screwed in from behind my middle finger knuckle up through the now fused wrist on up the forearm. Over the years, I have developed arthritis in my right forefinger and I am losing sensations in the finger tips of all the fingers. The fused right wrist of my dominant hand, was to some, an advantage in fly casting. I could now cast a fly line without breaking my wrist etc and the perceived imperfections of presentations. And, I have adapted pretty well over the years. It may not look pretty but it works. Even if the wrist does not break during casting, the shoulder can offer up some unusual machinations to alter the path of the fly line for sure.

At any rate, the long worded portion above is to suggest as a matter of course practice casting with your off hand…your non-dominant hand. Not for when you have that odd presentation, but in case you need it as life changes your physical abilities. I have had surgeries/procedures to my right hand, right wrist, left achilles, right achilles, neck, left shoulder and lower back. Throw in degrees of arthritis, aging, lack of fitness and the mechanics of casting (or any other physical endeavor) become very important. I have learned to cast with both hands now. When the right hand becomes fatigued from casting and all the fish I catch (tsk, tsk), I switch to the left hand and rest the right. A good benefit, too, is I get the fly out there and don’t make nearly as many false casts. More fishing, less casting.

Practice with both hands and visit Marc’s site at Limp Cobra and go back through his many posts regarding casting dynamics.

13
Oct
12

Fly Fishing: Anticipation + Intell

In this back water area of a lake Trout and Bass lurk. I have seen prolific Callibaetis hatches. Damsels, Dragons, Scuds and Leeches lurk. It has structure of subsurface boulders, snags and weeds. It begs a quiet presentation and the waiting….the anticipation is usually worth it. Anticipation is satisfying. Anticipation + practical awareness is even better. 

01
Sep
12

Knot: The Perfection Loop & Coils on the Floor!

I just noted, I bought a new fly line, the Rio AquaLux Intermediate Lake line. A couple things to not do first of all (I always share most of my mistakes….I can’t share them all or I’d risk total neglect by my visitors)….when you buy a new fly line, it will almost always be on a two piece plastic spool and inside a box.

Now when you take the spool out of the box there will be a tag end sticking out that may have a sticky label noting it is the butt end of the fly line, which should be joined to the running line on your fly reel. Usually, a nail knot is a good choice on joining running line to the butt end of the fly line.

You will also note there may be one or more twist ties wrapped around the coils of fly line. Ideally, you remove those ties but do not separate the two halves of the plastic spool which the fly line is wrapped neatly around. Attach the butt end of the fly line to the running line with the nail knot. This will require unwinding the new fly line just a bit to give you room.

Now you are ready to wind the new fly line, some 100′ of nicely coiled fly line, onto your reel. You may or may not have help. This would be nice as you wind, someone holds the plastic spool and the fly line gently rolls off the spool as the reel handle is cranked. Use your off reel cranking hand to guide the line back and forth onto the reel so the layers are  nicely spaced.

Now if you don’t have help, DON’T DO WHAT I ACCIDENTALLY DID! DON’T SEPARATE THE TWO HALVES OF THE PLASTIC SPOOL AND ALLOW A HUNDRED OR MORE COILS OF NEW LINE TO TUMBLE TO THE FLOOR ATOP PENNY THE CAT! SHIT!

A good 45 minutes later of the most exasperating unraveling of a new fly line and devilish efforts by the cat and loving intrusions by Emma the Lab and I had the new line onto the reel. I used the damn, two piece plastic spool to house the old intermediate line. I decided to keep it just in case. I wrapped it on the spool tip/leader first so the butt section is last. I grabbed a marker and wrote on the spool ‘old intermediate, ok but ‘coily’, Cortland, 2012′. I put the spool back into the box the new line had just arrived in and stuck it in a drawer in the garage to be re-discovered years later.

Ok, the new line has a loop at the end. I usually nail knot the butt section of a stout leader to the end of the fly line. I have not been a fan of loop to loop connections especially for lake fishing. But, I am going to give it a shot, once again. But, I have noticed that after tying some of my loops the line (leader) tends to slightly angle off at a less than true direction. I offer a few versions of loop knots here (PERFECTION LOOP) and two other over hand knots.  

15
May
12

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




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