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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
"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
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma