12-29-2013, 11:00 AM
Re: A novice with a #3 DT line
Originally Posted by ruud
I have a question
Since a little while I also have a 3 weight rod to fish here locally in NL on smaller roach/minnow kind of fish. When I got it it allready had a DT line on it.
I have real troubles casting this rod and line, my leader goes everywhere except straight forward and tangles up a lot.
Considering i fish small distance (no long casts).... Would a WF be a part of the solution of my casting problem? I know i still have to get used to a floppy 3 rod too.
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Adding to this, i especially have problems when theres a bit of wind.
A WF 3 wt line will not help since the taper will be virtually the same as the DT 3 wt line.
Your leader can collapse for several reasons. First of all, the line may be too light for the rod and the line cannot load the rod at the distances you want to cast. At short distances, this is often the reason.
However,you said the rod is "floppy." So the second reason may be that the line might be too heavy for the fly rod. Try casting shorter or longer to see whether there is a "sweet spot" distance for that line and rod combination. That distance should tell you whether the rod is under, over or lined just right for that rod.
If your fishing normal distance is shorter than the sweet spot for that line, use a heavier line that will load the rod at the distance you normally fish at. If your normal fishing distance is longer than the sweet spot, then go down a line size.
Also consider the leader design. First try casting the line WITHOUT the leader. Are you able to cast the line itself? If so start with a short 7 foot leader, then go longer to see what your maximum leader length can be. Usually, you want a leader that is at least the same length as the fly rod.
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