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Old 09-29-2009, 08:25 PM
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Default Help with the line

Im new to fly fishing and I dont get the line stuff. i thought it was just the plastic fly line with reg fishing line at the end. What is leader lines and all that? Actually could someboody just explain the whole deal with lines? BTW i know all about weights

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Default Re: Help with the line

We'll start from the arbor of the reel. From the arbor, dacron line called backing fills most of the space on the reel. The average five weight trout reel will hold about 100 yards. Connected to the backing is fly line. That is the plastic line that you mentioned. Attached is your leader.

Most freshwater leaders are tapered. It is thick on the butt end and skinny on the terminal or tippet end. You can tie on a level piece of leader material (called tippet) if you choose to lengthen your leader or for other reasons.

The line weight rating system -
Rods are categorized by the head weights of the lines that can be casted. The head weight is measured in grains. A standard was set that matched a specific grain weight range to a specific line weight. Are you still following?

To keep this simple, there is a range of line weights from 0 weight to 15 weight (I'm keeping the 000 and 00 sizes out for now). Consider the 0 weight rating from a super ultra light rating made for small trout (although larger fish can be taken with it). The 15 weight would be considered a billfish size. The most popular rating for an all around trout rig is a 5 weight. A popular rating for bass is an 8 weight.

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Default Re: Help with the line

so there is backing, fly line, then leader. Whats tje bacling look like and is the leader what looks like reg fishing line?
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Default Re: Help with the line

Generally, backing is braided line. Many fly anglers use tapered monofilament leaders. Tapered leaders are thicker at the end that is secured to the fly line, and get thinner along their length. They can be purchased, but some fly anglers like to make up their own tapered leaders. A length of tippet (diameter depends on the size of the fly) is then tied to the thin end of the leader.

Having said all that, many fly anglers that are not dry fly fishing will use a "level" leader, one that is not tapered, depending on conditions.
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