Thus, in order to use a Shooting Head fly line, the fly angler must attach a separate “running line” to the rear of the Shooting Head in order to create an extension for fighting large fish because most shooting head fly lines measure 30 feet or less whereas, most other fly lines measure between 90 ft and 120 ft. Then, to complicate matters even further, fly anglers must choose between floating fly lines, sinking fly lines, and sink-tip fly lines. You may need to go up a size if conditions are very windy or you need to throw a heavier fly. Thus, as the name implies, a floating fly line is one that is designed to float on the water’s surface while a sinking fly line is designed to sink beneath the water’s surface and the manner in which each type of fly line is constructed is described above. Next, we need to discuss fly line tapers which, these days, consisting of Double Tapers and Weight Forward Tapers. A typical spey line design will have most of the weight in the back end of the head and a long, fine front taper to make the most of these casting requirements: Within the basic spey line design are numerous variations, but the main one to compare is the head length. Thus, while you can certainly cast a very small fly with a relatively heavy fly line and, cast a very large fly with a relatively light weight fly line, casting a small fly with a heavy line will cause a heavy presentation and, casting a large fly with a light fly line will not enable you to cast the fly very far. AFS Shooting Head – NEW for 2008 An excellent presentation line that is very easy to cast. One confusing thing about spey lines is that most of them have more than one line number as a “size”. Fly rods are sized according to the weight line they will use. The PowerSpey VersiTip line does not have a Tip 2, so there is only one loop in the line. After size 2 on the large end of the hook spectrum hook sizes go to 1/0, 2/0, and so on. The hook size only really applies to the gape of the hook, which is the distance between the point and the hook shank. Each selection packet comes with a 2½ ft, a 5 ft and a 7½ ft floating cheater as well as a 5 ft intermediate cheater. Therefore, choosing a 6 wt. – WindCutter, ‘M’ is for Mid length belly lines and is measured at 65 ft – PowerSpey. Use the 10 ft leaders with rods of 12’ 6” and less, and the 15 ft leaders with rods of 13 ft or more. From there the first 50′-60′ of line is pretty much a consistent diameter with no taper at all and is called your running line. 200      5.5 ips This same process can be applied with smaller nymphs and insects that are flying around in the air. The line weight should be less with an overhead cast, than with a spey cast. With a rig like this, each fly fisher would be primed for everything and any situation they would encounter. There are a few accessories RIO makes that are worth mentioning here. 2. When you know which size of fly you are going to put on the leader, then you will also have an idea of the line weight needed. Casting Ability – you need to be a better caster to handle the longer head length lines. These lines are only available with a floating head and in sizes 4/5 to 10/11. Thus, all a fly angler had to do was to choose between a Double Taper, a Weight Forward Taper or, a Level fly line. As the… Size Weight(grains) \tTolerance \t 1--- 60---- 54-66. 2--- 80----\t74-86. This shorter taper and heavier front end makes light work of the windiest of conditions and the biggest of flies. If a caster likes this ratio and uses a 12 ft rod, they are going to need 42 ft of line to feel comfortable. However, in order to fully understand this, you also need to understand the concept of shooing a fly line. Weight Forward fly lines, on the other hand, are specifically designed for casting over long ranges. They will also waste good fishing time having to strip the line into the casting length. Fly Line Weight. There also needs to be a long fine front taper, so that the line lying on the water (“The Anchor”) at the start of the forward cast has as little drag as possible. Therefore, because fly anglers who fish small, crystal clear, streams require an extra delicate presentation, they can choose fly lines such as Cortland’s Spring Creek line or Rio’s Trout LT line. Add a 15 ft sink tip and you get 42 ft, which means there is no cheater needed. Therefore, rather than allowing yourself to become confused and thus, get bogged down in the process of choosing the best fly line for your intended purpose, you should instead focus on deciding whether you need a floating fly line, a sinking fly line, or a sink-tip fly line based on the type of flies that you intend to fish with. As a simple guideline, use T-14 for the spey lines of #9 and bigger, T-11 for the #7 to #9 sizes and use T-8 for the lighter line sizes. Thus, it is helpful to know that artificial flies range in size from 28 to 6/0 with a size 28 fly being the smallest and a size 6/0 being the largest. A 12 ft rod would require 42 ft of line and a 15 ft rod will require 52½ ft. By following this ratio, it means that the caster never needs to adjust their casting stroke, regardless of which outfit they pick up. Every fly rod is rated by a weight; this weight indicates what fly line should be used for that rod. The Skagit VersiTip is available in 450, 550, 650 and 750 grain sizes. a 9wt will throw a small popper as well as a 3 wt. Thus, fly anglers also employ a casting technique called “false casting” during which they repeatedly cast their fly lines in the air without allowing it to fall to the water’s surface while allowing the fly line to slid forward through the fly rod guides after completing each false forward cast. Therefore, there are freshwater fly lines that are specifically designed to cast small flies with an extra delicate presentation and, there are others that are specifically designed to cast large flies with no regard to presentation and, the same is true of saltwater specific tapers. The mass of the head and the short body length result in incredible lifting power, making it child’s play to cast otherwise “nasty” rigs. Its head length is long enough to effectively stack mend for better drifts. In addition you can purchase T-8, T-11 or T-14 and cut to the desired length and weight. As yet, there is no AFTMA Standard for Skagit type lines. Since there are so many styles of spey casting and corresponding spey line designs, who better thanSimon Gawesworth, RIO fly line designer, former Captain of England’s World Fly Fishing Championships team, author, all-around nice guy, and one of the world’s leading authorities on spey casting to explain the ins and outs of modern spey lines? Next, you need to be aware that all fly lines are first designated by the type of taper they have and then, they are further designated by their weight and last, they are designated as either Floating (aka “F”) fly lines or Sinking (aka “I” for intermediate) fly lines. The most useful tip lengths from a 30 ft pack are 15 ft, 10 ft and 5 ft, though some anglers prefer 15 ft, 9 ft and 6 ft lengths. The “Anchor” (B to C) lies on the water. The WindCutter does not have as much lifting power as the Skagit line so will take a lighter Big Boy tip than the corresponding Skagit line. It is one of the easiest casting and fishiest sinking lines ever made. But, when casting to fish in turbulent or turbid water, the delicacy of the presentation is less of a concern and thus, heavier fly lines can be used in these situations. Rod Length – A short rod does not have the same lift as a long rod, so the shorter the rod, the shorter the line head length must be. The most recent style of spey casting is called Skagit casting (pronounced ska-jit) and named after the Skagit river in Washington. The original and still the best all round and the most versatile spey line developed. Thus, unlike a conventional fisherman who depends on the weight of his lure to bend, and thus store energy in, his rod during casting, fly fisherman instead have to depend on a weighted fly line to cast their artificial flies. Specialized Fly Lines: As eluded to above, this rod size really starts to bridge the gap from lighter freshwater pursuits to casting bigger flies and chasing bigger game in all waters. RIO makes five 15 ft tips to choose from: 1. Floating (olive) With an overhead cast, the entire weight of the line serves to load the rod at the end of the back cast. Consequently, you will often see a given range of fly line weights recommended for certain fish species. On really windy days, or with big, cumbersome flies, remove Tip 1 and attach the leader directly to Tip 2. To the front end you attach a tip as recommended for the regular Skagit line, while the back end loop is ideal for attaching your favorite RIO shooting line. Thus you could have a spey line labeled S8 and it would be acceptable if it weighed between 500 and 560 grains. Another advantage with the longer head lines is when winter fishing with air temperatures below freezing. The line does not come with a front tip of any kind, so if you purchase this you will need to add a tip to your purchases. This line starts at a 7/8 (460 grains, 30 grams – 37 ft, 11.2 m in length) and goes to 10/11. Intermediate (1.5 inches per second) Type 3 (3-4 ips) RIO Gold – This is the best all around trout line in my opinion – It will fish streamers, indicator rigs, and will lay down a dry delicately at 45 feet.It’s a great mid-weight line, and its a “true” line size fly line – meaning that it weighs in at an actual 5 weight for example, rather than a 5 1/2 weight like many lines. Longer belly lines, like the PowerSpey, really need plenty of room behind them to create a big enough D-loop for the line to load the rod – say 30 ft of room for an effortless cast. The most confusion with Skagit lines comes with something called “Skagit Cheaters”, which are 2½ ft, 5 ft and 7½ ft extension pieces for a Skagit line. The Skagit Cheaters are “plug-in” extensions as mentioned earlier. F/I. The length and power of these rods are great for throwing big flies out against a wind and over incoming surf. We’ve got 2 @redtruckfl, Old skool look with a new skool feel! 1. An In-Depth Guide to Choose a Fly Reel: Everything You Need To Know. Sizes 7/8 to 10/11. The numbering system stuck. Furthermore, in addition to being aware that each fly line weight is designed to cast a given range of fly sizes, you also need to be aware of the concept of “delicacy of presentation”. dry fly rod size (ft) line weight tippet rod action; delicate presentations. This means that a lighter line can be used when overhead casting, as opposed to when spey casting, because the entire line length (A to B) loads the rod. Therefore, double-taper fly lines will not shoot as far as a weight-forward fly line will due to the increased friction and wind resistance of the extended body section. A full sinking head with a sink rate of 4” per second. As mentioned above, there is also a sink tip compensator, which is a sinking Tip 2. Three adaptable versions with a level T-8, T-11 and T-14 head are designed to be cut to the perfect head weight and length for individual casting styles. Therefore, the larger diameter of this section presents more surface area to the fly rod guides which, in turn, increases the amount of friction the fly line generates as it slides through the fly rod guides as well as presenting more surface area to the air which, in turn, increases its wind resistance. In the last 30 feet is where the taper starts and contains the bulk of the weight of the fly line… Rio’s Windcutter VersiTip Linesare unique in the fly fishing world. In addition, there are also Spey fly rods which generally measure 13 to 15 feet in length and which are designed to be cast with two hands. The next thing that you need to understand about fly lines is how they work. For instance, they are commonly available with sink rates ranging from 1 inch per minute to 8 inches per minute. fly rod for freshwater use knowing that by moving to a heavier fly line, you will be sacrificing delicacy of presentation in exchange for casting distance as well as wind and fish fighting power. In a spey cast the “D-loop” (from A to B) loads the rod and needs to be the heaviest part of the line. Replace the floating tip 2 with this compensator when fishing in strong currents. However, as fly line manufacturers, we only need to make it easier to understand the fly line – the most important part of your tackle.’. Rod weight: Generally, if you start with a WindCutter line and, with practice, get to a skill level where you can cast the whole head at the tip of the rod, without stripping anything in, you are ready to move up to a PowerSpey line. As a simple guideline, use the middle number of the three to find out what line size it is – the 8/9/10 is a good #9 line. Therefore, when casting to wary fish in crystal clear water, most fly fishermen prefer a lightweight fly line in order to prevent spooking the fish. For example, a large and heavy fly takes a heavier line and a strong front tapering (which equals a higher line weight), in order to be able to cast and present the fly properly. It comes in the same sizes as the “F/I” and the “I” heads. It is 27 ft long and has a loop in both ends. Or a seagull sized pike fly is impossible to cast even with a #9 line! When you do, make sure you start with the head about 12 feet in side the rod tip; this will be similar to the WindCutteryou are used to. Of course, space behind isn’t the only factor. A one-size-fits-all fly reel doesnt exist. As there is no need to strip the line in between casts, the rod guides do not get iced up. Well, as the name implies, Double Taper fly lines have the same taper design on both ends whereas, a Weight Forward fly line is only tapered on one end and is level on the other end. This large range is due to the spey casting style used. This daughter/father duo, If you have someone asking you about getting into, Check it out everyone!!! Consequently, each fly line weight has a range of fly sizes that it will comfortably cast. Nobody else makes a spey line with three sections. Glass rods will handle a couple of different line weights, depending on your casting style. However, if you want to get your fly down deep then for the best sinking 5 weight fly line, or the best sinking tip 5 weight fly line. For those that don’t know much about the Skagit technique and tackle it is a good purchase as it has pretty well everything you need to start with. Suggested rod weights, tippet ratings, and flies. There are other factors to consider with the fly line, however, the most commonly used and most versatile line is a WF5F (weight forward 5 weight floating) line. 10/11/12      650 to 750 grains. It’s important to match your hook size to your leader size. Windcutter However, most Weight Forward lines have a “head section” that is only about thirty feet long and thus you cannot comfortably hold any more line than the length of the head in the air when casting a Weight Forward fly line because of the hinge effect. The piece of line from C to D really has no effect on the load of the rod. It maybe 3 times the rod length, it may be 4 times the rod length, and each caster will find their happy ratio. Thus, both Double Taper and Weight Forward fly lines have a section called the “body” or “belly” as well as a tapered section combined with a level tip section. 2. See Rio’s Spey Line Recommendation Chart for all of Leland Spey Rods). 5. These are the the AFS, (Advanced Flight Spey) line, both as a Shooting Head and as an integrated shooting head, with a head length between 31 ft and 40 ft, the Windcutter, with a head length of between 45 ft and 56 ft and the PowerSpey™, with a head length of between 57 ft and 71 ft. A short head line means that the sink tip is closer to you and easier to get out of the water. Make sure the Skagit body weight is correct, regardless of the sink tip. This is an excellent choice for cooler water conditions when fishing for Atlantic salmon. Practically all fly reel manufacturers offer fly reels for specific line weights. Thus, if you will again closely examine the diagram shown above, you will see that weight forward fly lines have a head section that is shaped very similar that of a double taper fly line which then transitions to a far more narrow section called the “running line” which is specifically designed to minimize both friction and wind resistance. Thus, all fly lines start with a thin core made from braided Dacron which has a very little stretch and, by controlling the diameter of the Dacron core, fly line manufacturers can control the tensile strength of the finished fly line. This line is available in a full floating version in sizes; 4/5, 5/6, 6/7/8, 7/8/9, 8/9/10, 9/10/11 and 10/11/12. With the short to medium head length of the Windcutter, you may only need around 15 ft of room behind and with a short head line like the AFS, even less; perhaps only 8 ft of space is needed. Here is a guideline of which Cheater to choose for which Skagit line or shooting head: 6/7/8      300 to 350 grains The head length varies according to the size. However, while Double Taper fly lines feature identical tapers and tips on both ends of the line, Weight Forward fly lines have both front and rear tapers which vary in both slope and length combined with a relatively short, level, tip section and, a relatively long, level, “running line”. I started luremefish.com to share my extensive knowledge of all things fishing. ; Fly Line Weight 4: This weight works just fine for panfish, too.But also works well for all but the largest of trout. 3--- 100--- 94-106 The front end finishes with a loop and to this loop you will need to attach some kind of tip. Medium sink (3.9 inches per second) Since this line is so versatile you should think about what type of fishing you plan on doing. The reason for this lies in the fact as a fly lines weight increases, so does its diameter a 9-weight fly line is much thicker than a 4-weight fly line. Also, most fly fishermen are aware that the larger the number is, the heavier the fly line is and thus, the larger the fly it can cast. A fly rod is matched to a fly line weight. Even the most basic of spey casters can make a 70 ft cast with no more than 3 ft of room behind. The reason for this triple numbering system is that the first WindCutter line designed by Jim Vincent, was made by taking the body of a #10 line, adding some of a #9 to the front end and then finishing it off with the full front taper of a #8, thus the line became an 8/9/10. This style of spey casting utilizes an even shorter head length spey line than the WindCutter – something in the region of 27 ft. Consequently, the smaller an artificial fly is, the lighter the fly line required to cast it and, the larger an artificial fly is, the heavier the fly line required to cast it. Type 8 (8-9 ips). Again this is ONLY a suggestion. 4. When it comes to selecting fly line weights, the most important thing to consider is the type of fish. One odd-looking tip in the wallet is grey and has two loops on. How do Freshwater vs. Saltwater Fly Line Weights Equate? F. A full floating line between a 4/5 weight (300 grains, 19 grams – 31 ft, 9.5 m in length) and a 10/11 weight (640 grains, 42 grams – 40 ft, 12.2 m in length). Typically, the weight of the rod is determined by the line weight that is paired with the rod. (Please A floating line with a 15 ft intermediate sinking tip. Fly lines need a thin, high-visibility line tied between the reel spool and back end of your fly line This generally comes in 20-pound to 30-pound test, with 20-pound suggested for fly line weights less than 8 and the 30-pound test for use with 8-weight line or higher Backing performs three critical functions: Consequently, the smaller an artificial fly is, the lighter the fly line required to cast it and, the larger an artificial fly is, the heavier the fly line required to cast it. Choosing Fly Line. In addition, the coating of more expensive floating fly lines is also impregnated with both a hydrophobic agent and a lubricant in order to cause the line to slide through the fly rod guides with decreased friction for increased casting distance and, to cause the fly line to float higher on the surface of the water for easier pick up. Hook Size vs Leader Size – How to Pick . So, a 5wt rod and reel needs a 5wt line. Your email address will not be published. 1 weight did not do well as far as I know they only made it in a level line. fly line is considered to be the classic fly line weight for salmon and an 8 wt. Also, the same can be said of saltwater fly lines in that an 8 wt. Stripping flies – Some fishing techniques require you to strip the fly in to entice a fish to take. By lengthening the sinking portion of the line, the current has much less “lift” effect and ensures that the fly stays deep. Added to the shortness of the line is the fact that the head weighs about the same amount as the corresponding WindCutter, but at half the length. The 8/9 is, in effect a #9line. For the first time SAVE 50% on the D, Great looking Bonefish!!! Perhaps the greatest confusion lies in the rating of two-handed rods and lines. Sometimes extra depth is required and many fly fishers use RIO’s long 24 ft density compensated sink tips called Big Boys. You’ll need to match the weight of the line to your rod and reel so that you can have a balanced setup. Works ok for small fish, but some of the fun goes out of it. Each sink tip in the wallet will weigh the same, which ensures the casting is not affected and the line remains balanced. If you’re targeting salmon or steelhead, it’s smart to use a heavy weight fly to make sure that they aren’t bent out during the fight. Here’s a brief explanation of what fly line weight should be used for which size and type of fish. The more line there is lying on the water, the more energy is lost during the forward cast as it tries to tear itself off the surface film. A size “D” floating line weighed considerably less than a size “D” fast sinking line. Therefore, they are an excellent choice when fishing with wet flies or streamers. – Leland Here’s why: With a spey cast, only part of the line weight loads the rod. Then, if an angler wanted to slow down or speed up the action of their fly rod, all they had to do was choose one line weight heavier or one line weight lighter than the rod was designed to cast. For instance, Switch fly lines are specifically designed to be used with Switch fly rods which generally measure 11 to 12 feet in length and which are designed to be cast with either one hand or two. Now, there are always exceptions to the rules, but the majority of anglers need to be matching their line weight to the rod and reel weight. From there, you need to choose an appropriate fly line weight while also considering the range of fly sizes that you intend to cast as well as the degree of delicacy that you require in your presentation. A single handed rod, rated for a #8 line, loads effectively with between 200 and 300 grains. #9      500 to 600 grain lines However, both Double Taper and Weight Forward fly lines cast very similar to each other until the running line is reached. But, before we can discuss fly line tapers, we first need to discuss the purpose of the taper. S1. The AFTM number is based on the weight (in grains ) of the first 30 feet of the fly line. 15 wt for tarpon and large fish. Then, once you have determined the proper type of fly line and an appropriate fly line weight, you can then progress to choosing one of the many different specialty tapers on the market which best suite your needs. 4. With a weight forward fly line, you will have the end attached to your backing. Consequently, Double Taper fly lines are primarily designed for casting at relatively close ranges while Weight Forward fly lines are primarily designed for casting over longer ranges and, the reason this is so is that Double Taper fly lines will not “shoot” as far as Weight Forward fly lines will. The longer the head of the spey line, the more line there needs to be outside the rod to make a cast. fly rod for saltwater use is like choosing a 2 wt. 2. While these lines are exceptionally easy to cast and give incredible presentation, the very best results will be achieved if a Spey VersiLeader is attached to the front end. Super fast sink (7.0 inches per second). Thus, when a fly fisherman casts and lands his chosen fly in a chosen location, he is said to “present” his fly to the fish. I, Our EPIC savings continue on our Sonoma series fly, Not a typo!!! It also includes fault recognition, a glossary of terms and a very useful biokinetic section. The system also established a tolerance level that is acceptable." 6. Learn the basics as well as these casts: roll cast, switch cast, single spey, double spey, snap T, snake roll, wombat cast, perry poke, jelly roll, skagit casts, underhand cast, spiral spey, overhead cast, single handed spey casts and using the two-handed rods in the salt. Can You Use A Normal Rod For Fly Fishing? The weight of the fly line needs to match the rod weight. Fast sink (5.6 inches per second) Also, the lighter the fly line is, the less disturbance it will cause when it lands on the surface of the water and, the heavier it is, the more disturbance it will cause. On the other hand, those fly fishermen who commonly fish saltwater can choose from fly lines specifically designed for casting to Bonefish, Redfish, and Tarpon among others. The next day, the same caster casts a 14 ft rod – 14 x 3½ = 49 ft. Thus, while fly line manufacturers have certainly done fly fishermen a service by producing and refining so many different types of fly lines, they have also done them a disservice by offering so many different choices that it is sometimes difficult to choose the best fly line for any intended purpose. S4. In this example the load really comes from A to B, though B to C also helps load the rod. . Sinking Tip – with sink tips or heavy flies it can be really tricky to get the sunken line to the surface with a long belly line. is often chosen for muskie. Therefore, weight forward fly lines will shoot farther than double taper fly lines because, once the running line is reached, the smaller diameter of the running line creates less friction and has less wind resistance than the larger diameter of the body section of a double taper fly line. In an attempt to illustrate the difference in line weights between the single handed AFTMA standard and the two handed AFTMA standard the following charts might be helpful. RIO has virtually led the way in revolutionizing fly line designs for Spey anglers in North America and across the world. An ideal line for overhead casting a two-handed rod is RIO’s OutBound®. There are some variables that can change this simple relationship between diameters and hook sizes. On the other hand, works ok for average sized bass and virtually all trout. Following is a description of each line we make and their particular advantages: Outbound® Fly Line Weight 5: Another good all-around fly line weight. So, what is the difference between a Double Taper fly line and a Weight Forward fly line? The piece of line from C to D really has no effect on the load of the rod. This means that theSkagit line has almost twice the weight per inch of the WindCutter line. I am an avid life long fisherman, having caught over 25,000 fish over the years. Each line weight is designed to catch specific species of fish depending on their weight and skills in the water. #11     600 to 700 grain lines The same weight range as the F/I but the whole head has a very slow sink rate of 1” per second. There needs to be weight in the back of the belly to load the rod effectively as a “D-loop”. If you look at the spey line recommendation chart and decide on a Skagit line for your rod, make sure you use the weight of the Skagit body. For instance, you would match an Ultra 4 5-weight fly line with a 5-weight fly rod, and you’d spool it on a 4/5/6 fly reel. Best used on small/mid-sized streams and where longer casts aren't needed. Like the AFS head, these lines will cast even better with one of RIO’s Spey VersiLeader. For instance, if you examine the diagram shown above, you will see that Double Taper fly lines lack a “running line” and thus, the body section of the fly line extends from taper to taper. The short head is very easy to cast and particularly useful in tight situations and the long front taper gives a beautiful presentation. 250      6.4 ips Thanks again, Simon ‘SpeyBro’ Gawesworth, for giving a big boost to our spey line savvy! Luremefish.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com and affiliated sites. It is great on the end of a Skagit line, or a WindCutter, but remember to remove both Tip 1 and Tip 2 if you are attaching a Big Boy to the WindCutter. 3. We at Leland have chosen RIO Products as our primary source of spey fly fishing lines. 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