As fly fishing beginners it is important that you learn about each piece of equipment before you jump in to putting it all together.
So before we get into how to load your reel we’ll go through what each part is first.
Here we’ll cover line, leader and tippet.
Let’s start with line…
Fly lines come in different weight sizes just like rods and reels. They also come in double taper, level, and weight forward; as well as floating and sinking lines.
Floating lines are usually used with dry flies and shallow water nymphing. They are also used with streamers and wet flies in rivers.
Sinking lines are used primarily for depth control, allowing the fly to be presented underwater in deeper waters.
Double tapered fly lines are designed so that they don’t slap the water as hard so they find it better when presenting dry flies. And added bonus is that it lasts twice as long because you can switch ends when one wears out.
Level lines are inexpensive lines that some fly fishermen will use in rough situations such as casting in wooded, enclosed small streams and close to brush.
A weight forward line is heavier in the front so it casts farther with more ease.
Most fly fishing in Colorado is done with a weight forward, floating line. The advantage is that it is easier to cast and control.
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Now we’ll move on to leaders and tippet.
Leaders are designed to turn the fly and because they aren’t as thick as fly line it doesn’t frighten the fish when it hits the water. Generally leaders are 7 and a half to 9 feet.
Tippets tie onto the end of leaders and are designed to be smaller and more invisible to fish. You could fly fish without a tippet but you’d have to get a new leader every single time, so it’s more convenient and less costly to use a tippet.
How to load your reel:
!! Be sure to look at how much backing the reel will hold for the amount of fly line you’re going to put on it.
Backing is a level line that does exactly what the title implies – it backs you up if the fish runs farther than the length of your fly line.
1. The backing should be attached to the reel with an arbor knot.
2. The backing should be attached to the fly line with an albright knot.
3. The fly line should be attached to the leader with a nail knot.
4. The leader should be attached to the tippet with a surgeons knot.
5. You should attach the fly to the tippet with an improved clinch knot.