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Tag: fly line

RIO’s DirectCore Gets Introduced Into Its Best-Selling Bonefish Line

RIO Products has announced a new line designed specifically for chasing bonefish. The DirectCore Bonefish Line was the the winner of the Best New Saltwater Fly Line at IFTD.

"A Wicked Place"

The spot is full of poison ivy. And ticks. And timber rattlesnakes. So don’t go there. Ever. Plus, it’s not particularly fun to fish—a steep, uneven shoreline where you have to stand angularly, like you are wearing high heels instead of waders. One wrong step, and you are in cold river water up to your chin. But trout like to line up in the bubble...

Mending: Upstream or Down?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I am just learning to fly fish, and I don’t understand mending. How do I know when to mend upstream or downstream? Connor, Manchester, NH Answer: Mending is an aspect of fly-line control that many anglers have trouble with. Here’s a very simple definition: mending is the...

Common Sense Fly Fishing: Line Control

Let’s say I have the most beautiful car on the planet, though anyone who’s ever booked a day with me knows better. Hypothetically speaking, I have a beautiful car. This vehicle has plush leather and air conditioning, goes 0 to 60 mph in no time, handles like an absolute dream, and gets great gas mileage. There’s only one catch: It has no brakes. Would...

How to Land and Release Fish When Fly Fishing Alone

Question:How do I land and release a fish when I am out fishing by myself? Answer: It can be difficult to take a fish off of the hook and release it when you won’t have anyone to help you. Here are some tips for learning how to do it. Whether the fish is large or small, the first thing to do when you’re getting ready to un-hook it is to raise your rod...

Four Reasons for Tippets and Tapered Leaders

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: Why do we use tippet when we could just tie our flies to the points of our tapered leaders, or why not just skip leaders altogether and use tippet only? — not really Rick Answer: This question, heavily altered from the original submitted by a fellow named Rick (altering...

Is There a "Correct" Casting Style?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I have a fly-fishing buddy who is a real know-it-all. (Imagine that!) And he claims that I don't cast “correctly.” We've had some head-to-head contests, and he can cast maybe 5 feet farther than I can with a 5 weight. It seems like I catch just as many fish as he does...

Fly Fishing Stocking Stuffers for Every Budget

‘Tis the season.  Aren’t quite sure what to get your favorite fisherperson? Here are a few high-quality, cleverly designed fishing essentials that are guaranteed to put smiles on faces. If you’re facing cold and wind, but not necessarily moisture, Patagonia’s Fjord Flannel Jacket is just the ticket. The company took an existing and very popular...

Repairing Fly Line Coatings

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I have a newer 8-weight bonefish line that had a minor encounter with a piece of coral. The core of the line doesn't appear to have been damaged, but there is a half inch or so of the coating that was scraped. That section of line is close enough to the forward taper that my...

Soft vs. Hard Monofilament for Leaders

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: In hopes of catching more mature trout this season, I propose to tie my own custom leaders using George Harvey's leader design formula(e). My issue, however, is locating and identifying soft and hard monofilament sources, and do some manufacturers identify their products as...