Re: Piling up of my line
Your problems have been covered pretty well but I will comment on the mending problem. You are right, real insects usually don't leave a "V" behind them. You are describing drag and it is caused by the line pulling the fly through the water. Mending the line begins as soon as you have recovered from the cast and are observing the fly and line moving with the water. If you have used a Reach cast and have a lot of potential slack in your line, you need to make your first mend right away. The best and longest floats comes when you have folds in the line like an accordion. You can watch the folds and see that they decrease as the line goes down stream and mending is used to add more folds so the line does not pull on the fly. To mend line you need to have slack line hanging from the rod tip or on the water. You get this slack by feeding line through the guides. You can do this by wagging the rod tip back and forth or using a wrist flip or by a mini-roll cast with the tip of the rod. Each person finds what works best for them. The problem you described is caused because you are waiting too long before you mend or you are not putting enough slack into your mends.