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Short Rod Heavy Line

by Roger Hall
(West Virginia)

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.

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Jan 16, 2016
Shorter lines
by: Joe L

I also find that a heavier weight of flouro line in the shorter length is perfect for tight casting. I think you need to increase line weight to make up for less length used . The longer rods hold up the line very well. Casts and drifts are usually pretty short anyway. The rod likes a certain weight to load it, and at shorter lengths, you can do that easily by increasing line weight as needed.

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