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Setting up a Fly Rod

Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:20 pm
by sushi
Hi i am new to fly fishing so how do you tie your hook lenth to the main line how long should it be and what knot to tie. cheers


Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:50 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
It's called a leader rather than a hook length. For sea fishing a braided link is as good as anything. A length of around 8ft is usually fine.

Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:16 am
The hooklength, or leader, is attached to the main fly line via a figure of eight loop knot, this facilitates quick and easy changes of leader. Length wise six to eight feet depending on where you want your fly to fish in the water column, depth of water etc.

Materials for leaders vary, braided or furled leaders can be used, along with flourocarbon which is my preffered choice in a breaking strain of around 15lb (straight through), as this is stiff enough to turn the larger saltwater fly's over and is near invisible in the water. Surface poppers require a floating leader so mono and floatant in this instance.
Some people prefer to taper their leaders, starting at say 20lb and going down to say 10lb, although I have not found any difference personally.

Fly's are tied onto the leader using a non slip loop knot, ( google for details).