Short Rod Heavy Line
by Roger Hall
I have been experimenting with fishing in real tight cover. Using and Air Stage 240, previously I used a 3 line and it cast fine but I had some problems shooting under overhanging brush.
So I tied up some #4.5 lines in 5, 6 and 7 foot lengths and used the 6 footer today. Simply a world of difference for me at least. I added about 3 feet of 6x tippet and I could really force the fly into those tight spots I was having so much trouble with before. The line is so short it really is not much of a problem holding it off the water.
My catch rate doubled and there were a lot of bigger fish in those hard or previously impossible to hit zones.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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