Change the rules

Well I think I’ve finally discovered the secret to improving your distance casting. Use a short fly line.

A few weeks ago I reversed my 5 weight DT line on the reel so the horrible greasy, sticky half of the line I’d been using would be at the backing end of things. I also cut off some of the nasty end taper, leaving me with a line probably only 25 yards long.

Today, for the first time, I cast a full fly line. My ego has been given a serious shot of speed. Nothing will stop me now from becomming the greatest caster in the universe. At least with my rules.

I was using my new rod, which I’m beginning to seriously enjoy casting with. It feels fantastically responsive and will make the line do whatever kind of dance I like (and some I don’t). It’s one of the now discontinued Sage XP’s, in a 9′ 5 weight. I spent all my money on it. But I think it might be worth it. One day I might even be able to afford a good reel for it. But you can’t have it all.

In the meantime, I may actually put a proper fly line on it and see if I can cast all of that. We shall see..

3 comments

  1. opax’s avatar

    Mik,
    What fly line you have in mind?

  2. Mike’s avatar

    Well opax I’m not sure.. I’ve been thinking about getting a really nice line, something like a Scientific Anglers ED. I like double taper lines and this line seems to have the best of both worlds (WF and DT) as well as a top draw taper. I think I will either get one of these or one of the cheaper SA ones.

  3. opax’s avatar

    ED has very interesting profile. Almost like reversed triangle taper.

    I currently have Rio Windcutter #5, but I think that I will go to more general purpose fly line because I change from nymph to dry fly to streamer all the time.

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