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Old 08-31-2008, 11:42 AM
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Default What hits the water first?

I was taught that my line should land on the water and then unfurl with the leader and fly unfurling softly onto the water last. I have learned how to do this and it sure looks nice and I am catching fish, but I just read that the fly should be the first thing to land on the water!

I am new at this and am a bit confused. I use mostly wet flys and streamers.

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Old 08-31-2008, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: What hits the water first?

It's more important with dry flies to have a soft presentation. Not as important with wet flies, and a lot of times if you slap a streamer on the water you get better results.

For myself, the dry fly lands last.
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Default Re: What hits the water first?

Regardless of what I use, dry fly, nymph, bass bug, etc, the fly lands last. I'd hate to think what I'd need to do to get the fly to land first. I guess I could lower it over a bridge and get the fly to hit water first that way.
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Default Re: What hits the water first?

Slap them Hoppers on the water also.
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Default Re: What hits the water first?

Most times, I'd want the fly to land last too, for a more delicate presentation, and a better connection to the fly.

But you can use a "tuck cast" to make the fly hit the water first. Basically, it's a forward cast where you let line shoot thru your left hand, grip it and pull back and up a bit with your rod hand before the fly line hits the water. This forces the fly to boomerang back and land first with a bit of slack in the leader between the fly and fly line.

It's good to use if you want to splat something like a hopper or large stonefly dry on the water, if you're fishing with a weighted nymph or weighted streamer and you want to get it down quickly in fast water, or you]re fishing a dry in fast pocket water on a short line to get a few nanoseconds more of a drag free drift before the fly line hits and gets caught in current.

It's good to know how to do, but it's one of those "special situation" kind of things that I don't use very often, though maybe others do. Just curious, but do any of those scenarios fit in with the article?

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