Claire Corlett

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Fly Fishing Line for Beginners

Fly Fishing Line for Beginners

(western music) – [Instructor] Now that
we’ve reviewed your rod, let’s talk about the
line and its components. Let’s talk about how the
backing connects to the line, how the line connects
to the leader, and how the leader
connects to tippet to build out your fly line. Let’s talk about backing first. Backing is the line that
connects to your reel. You could fish without it,
but it helps in two ways. Number one, it fills in the
extra space in your reel to help retrieve
the line faster. Think of turning over a
crank on a small bicycle. The wheel only covers
so much ground. Now think about
turning that same pedal on a road bike or
a mountain bike. That same turn is gonna cover
a larger portion on the ground Number two. When you hook into that
large fish and he does run, you’re gonna need
that extra line to work him back into the net. So, what knot should you
use to attach the backing to the reel? The Arbor Knot. The Arbor Knot is the
easiest knot to tie. Watch this video
to find out how. (western music) Your fly line. Yes, this can be one
of the most complicated buying decisions out there. There seems to be more fly
line selections than flies and each line has a
unique selling feature for the specifics that you
are trying to accomplish. I suggest that beginners
start with an all-around line that can be used for both
dry fly fishing and nymphing. As soon as you get
comfortable catching fish, then you can go out
and experiment with
additional lines. What knot should you use to
attach the line to the backing? The answer is the
double surgeon’s knot
or the blood knot. In this next video, we’re
gonna show you the blood knot. In the next video after that, we’re gonna show you
the double surgeon’s. But, just to let you know
so you’re not confused, that you can find all these
videos in the download section, located in the top right-hand
corner of this website. (western music) Now that you have your
backing and fly line, your last step is the
leader and the tippet. The leader and the tippet
are the last sections of your line that provide
an invisible transition from your brightly
colored fly line to the fly line that
fish will attack. The tippet tapers
from a thick back into a thinner front end
that connects to your fly. This material is
almost invisible to the fish when
it hits the water. One of the great things about
modern fly lines and leaders is they both come with a
pre-tied loop on one end. These can be easily connected
from one side to the other. (western music) Just like your fly line,
you’ll have a ton of options. My favorite option for
trout out of the package is the 4x and 5x. But the poundage of the
fish you are hunting will determine the leader
that you need to buy. Here’s gonna be a graph with
the X System and its poundage. You’re probably asking yourself,
“What is the X System?” Well, the X System is a
factor that describes the strength and diameter of
the fly fishing leader and tippet material. The smaller the x
number, like a 1x, the stronger the
tippet is, or leader. So, the strongest thing you
can buy is a zero three x that’s in the
marketplace right now. The lightest thing,
for trout and pan fish, is gonna be an 8x. Once again, what I like
to use is a 4 or 5x, depending on what I’m fishing. And last but not
least, the tippet. The tippet is the last
section of your fly line. If you’re using one fly
setup, you can tie your fly directly to your leader. But with the DRIFTHOOK
fly fishing system, the tippet is extremely
important with our
fly combinations for optimal success. There are two types of
tippet on the marketplace. There’s the monofilament
and there’s fluorocarbon. Monofilament has more stretch and floats higher on the water. Because of its stretch,
it’s less likely to have knot breaks. On the other hand, fluorocarbon
sinks faster in water and is more durable
due to its hardness, but the knots don’t
stay as strong because of this tendency
not to be flexible. The one key difference
between monofilament and fluorocarbon is that
monofilament is nearly invisible under water. Professional guys will
tell you that the greatest invention in fly fishing
in the last fifteen years has been the introduction
of fluorocarbon. You don’t have to worry
about broken knots if you can’t catch any fish. So what size tippet
should you be purchasing? I recommend 3X, 4X, 5X, and 6X. When we dive into the
DRIFTHOOK fly fishing system, we’re going to be using
all four of these weights. Extending your leader. The great thing about
tippet is that if your leader is getting short,
you can build your own leader with tippet. So how do we do this? We’re gonna connect the
tippet to the leader using a double surgeon’s knot. In the next video,
you will learn how. And remember, you can
always find this video in the downloads section of the DRIFTHOOK fly fishing system. (western music) Practice this knot
as much as you can. We’re gonna be using
this in the future to build out multiple
rigs as part of the DRIFTHOOK fly fishing system. So my guess is that your mind
is now swimming with knots. But don’t worry. After you have your line
set up for the first time, the rest of the day you’re
most likely only gonna use this one knot. In the next session,
we’ll review all the knots so you have an easy reference
point for future use. Now let’s tie your last knot
and get ready to go fishing. The improved clinch knot. This was the first knot
my father ever taught me. And I have to admit that
I can’t keep my shoes tied to save my life. But I can tie this
knot in the dark. (western music)

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