Posts Tagged ‘intermediate

26
Sep
12

Stripping Line Onto the Apron (Stillwater Fly Fishing)

A frequent scenario that occurs while fly fishing: you are retrieving the fly line while presenting the fly. The fish takes the fly and the fly fisher, tight to the fish, continues to fight the fish, with coils of line at their feet or on the apron of deck of a vessel (float tube, pontoon boat or drift boat, etc.), by stripping the line/fish inward.

This is not a huge problem if the fish is smaller and the fisher can strip it inward to the net/hand. But, if the fish are likely bigger, my advice is to get the fish on the reel/drag. Do not continue to strip in lengths of line while pinching the line to the cork. I know this is common, I do it also for fish up to 18-20 inches. 

A second problem: the coils may or may not be a problem of tangling as they lay below the reel. I recently purchased a Rio Aqua Lux Intermediate line for stillwater fishing. My previous, older Intermediate coiled badly in cold weather and frequently had multiple knotted, messes tangled on my apron.

When a larger than usual fish took line, the knots jetted upward toward the stripping guide. The knots jammed there, or if they made it through the stripping guide, they definitely jammed against the more fragile second guide. Fish were lost or damage occurred. The new Rio Aqua Lux line never tangled once during days of fishing and thousands of strips. Sure there were a couple simple slips knots, but not the sticky, coiled tangled messes that use to beset my old Intermediate line. 

My suggestion is buy quality lines that are less prone to tangles/coils and when that uncoiled line slips up through the guides, as a bigger fish takes line, get that fish onto the reel. Even if you pinch tight to the cork at the first signs of a hook up, reel the loose line onto the reel in order to get tight to the fish.

31
Aug
12

New Intermediate Line…Rio Aqua Lux

This week, I ordered a new Intermediate fly line from Pacific Fly Fishers for my stillwater fly fishing. I had done some research on my own and arrived at two of the Rio lines (the Aqua Lux and the Camo Lux). I settled on the Aqua Lux and am excited to get out and use it soon. My old Intermediate is many years old and has been stretched tight many times. It served me well despite a gazillion coils and tangles. I am hoping the Aqua Lux will be a little less coiled and lay out there nicely when casting. I am a huge proponent of the Intermediate fly line for lake fishing (some even use it for fishing streamers on rivers although I have yet to give that a shot). The line has a aqua colored running portion of 60″ and a clear head of 40′. That will be of help in the retrieval up onto the apron. As the aqua transitions into the clear I will have a better idea of how much line remains in the water.

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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