Re: Where did my line go?
Think of it this way.
1. After a cast, all the line should be out of the guides with no extra line on the water.
2. You should retrieve line only through the useable drift. Whether you are fishing dries or nymphing, there is only a relatively short section of the drift that is drag free. This is the functional portion of the drift. At the end of the drift, pick up and recast; do not continue to pull in extra line.
A 10 foot long drift with a dry fly is a long time for the fly to be floating drag free. Most drifts are shorter than that, so if you have a lot of line at your feet, you probably should pick up and recast more often.
When you are fishing still waters with a streamer you would retrieve a lot of line but in moving water, you would fish much shorter sections and there is no need to retrieve all or most of the line. This is one of the advantages of fly fishing. Unlike spin fishing, we can pickup and recast without retrieving all the line. We can hit the best spots on a river without retrieving the fly back to us through less productive water.
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