There’s plenty of article on ‘how to catch more fish’ and ‘top 5 fishing tips’ out there on the internet, but what about the simple tips to look after your fly line? These three great tips will give you an extra advantage when out on the bank.
What weight is my fly line?
First of all, let’s look at how we can determine what weight fly line you have on your fly fishing reel. We’ve all been there, wondering “Is it a 6 weight? It looks like a 7…”, this quick and simple tip allows you to easily identify what weight lines are on your reels. All you need is a waterproof pen.
Welded loops on fly lines
If you’re anything like us you hate the plastic sleeve which comes in a packet of braided loops. It’s big, clunky and get’s stuck in the rod guides. What you’ll find with this sleeve is your fly line can crack due to hinging which in time, forces you to replace the whole loop. The below method of welding loops, or lines which have factory manufactured loops pro-long the life of your fly line.
Whipping on a braided loop
If you don’t have the facilities to weld your own loops, try whipping an Airflo braided loop to your line. By using thread you can create an almost seamless joint to your fly line. The smooth joint lets your fly line be retrieved with no bumping or clunking through the guides and stops hinging and cracking near the tip of the line. As Hywel says, it’s the best way for fitting a loop to sinking lines, and it’s is also a great way of marking fly lines at specific lengths to fish the ‘hang’ more effectively!
A freakishly looking fish which is said to live over 900 meters below the oceans surface has been snagged by the Nunavut fishing boat is only the second of it’s kind ever recorded near the Hudson Strait, Canada.
This extremely rare and weird looking fish caused some confusion when it was actually caught but researches have identified it as a super rare long-nosed Chimaera. With so little research undertaken on this species of the Chimaera not a lot is known about their feeding habits or living quarters. It’s assumed these fish live well out of range of human contact in depths between 900 and 2000 meters. The Chimarea is not something you’re likely to hook with your sea fishing tackle!
Nigel Hussey from the University of Windsor, identified the fish as indeed the Chimaera. It was first thought that it was a Goblin shark, a fish which is equally as odd and also as rare. The Chimaera is one of the world’s oldest species of fish which goes by various names including ‘ratfish, rabbitfish, and the coincidental – ghost shark’. But they aren’t sharks. The group branched off from sharks, its closest relative, around 400 million years ago and have remained a distinct, and distinctly odd, lineage ever since and have been basically unchanged since they shared the Earth with dinosaurs.
Like sharks and rays, Chimaeras have a skeleton made of cartilage.
With a long nose, menacing mouth, a venomous spine and a gelatinous grey body the fish is one only to be talked of in spooky sea tails along side those of the giant squid, but maybe not so scary. The Chimaera is largely restricted to deep ocean waters, putting it out of reach of most fishermen and scientists. For these reasons the creature is poorly studied and understood.
An 18ft long Oarfish has been found dead off the shore of southern California by Marine Biologist Jasmine Santana. The rarely seen Oarfish is said to be the likely culprit of many Sea Serpent legends from sailors and deep sea fishermen.
Oarfish have been reported to grow up to 15 meters in length, but the longest recorded and verified is 9 meters long. Rare fish such as these are almost impossible to catch using any sort of fishing tackle as they can dive up to more than 3,000 feet (914 meters) in depth. Because of this sightings are rare and these magnificent fish are largely unstudied.
Jasmine was snorkeling with colleagues when she spotted an unusual shimmer from the ocean floor. As she approached what looked to be a half-dollar sized eye starting at her from the sandy bottom, the uncertainty that the fish was dead dawned upon her, but slowly and cautiously making her way towards the prehistoric looking creature it was distinctly lifeless.
After taking a closer look Jasmine discovered it was indeed the carcass of an Oarfish, the first she has ever seen and a discovery of a lifetime for the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) employee.
She dragged the eel-like beast from the sea for more than 20 meters until fifteen other adults waded into the sea to help her bring it ashore.
Oarfish are a deep-water pelagic fish and the longest bony fish in the world, according to CIMI. This one measuring a staggering 5 meters in length. Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI’s sail training ship, said “We’ve never seen a fish this big! The last Oarfish we saw at CIMI was just three feet long”.
The fate of the carcass is still being decided, but Waddington would prefer the fish to be burred in sand until it decomposes and the skeleton cleaned naturally before being reconstructed for display. The fish apparently died of natural causes.
As new stock of the Super-Dry fly line range finally rolls out of the warehouse and anglers are putting them to the test, it’s great to see that the technology behind these lines are performing as we expected and the Super-Dri family is gaining some respect among floating line fishermen.
Kieron Jenkins, our Online Marketing Manager spent two days fishing at Rutland Water testing our floating fly lines in search of some of Rutland’s specimen trout.
Reports have been saying Rutland Water has been fishing it’s socks off with plenty of good size fish being stocked, caught and returned back to the water – practically throughout the whole lake. Most fly fishermen would have seen by various sources that large brown trout caught from Rutlands north arm just a few weeks ago, if that alone wasn’t enough to tempt me im unsure what is!
I arrived at Rutland water around 9am Saturday morning to a gentle ripple and high, thick cloud. “Ideal conditions for surface feeding fish!” said one of the rangers. The temperature was fairly high after a few days of standard Autumn weather, so I chose to fish a team of dry flies from the off. From past experience it can take some time for fish to switch onto dries, especially now we enter the cooler months of the year.
My line of choice for this particular session was a WF7 Super-Dri Xceed, a fly line which has been developed to create high line speed, perfect for quickly covering rising fish or casting into a strong headwind, keeping your loops razor sharp and your flies turning over each cast.
Motoring from the jetty to the top of the north arm it was like driving into dry fly heaven. A gentle ripple and perfect light to spot your dry flies, the kind of thing anglers dreams are made of. This time of year you would be silly not to tie on a daddy long legs pattern, any sort of heat and a gentle wind will always get the daddies tumbling along the water surface.My cast consisted of two amber dry flies, one a sedge pattern and a bits pattern on the middle dropper, with a foam daddy on the point. For dries, tippet materal is always Airflo’s Ultra Strong Co-polymer, it sits low in the surface film but isn’t so heavy to drag the flies beneath the surface.
Due to the lake being low for bank-side maintenance, the top of the north arm is choked with weed – most, a foot or so below the surface. As we motored close to the bank in the shallow water the motion and sound of the boat spooked three or four fish sitting close to the surface, one, we actually watched swim along side of the boat as it tried to bolt away. A good sign for a dry fly fisherman!
Parking the boat on the edge of the weed beds with some visible weed below the boat I took the time to degrees my leader to ensure there was zero flash from the nylon. Second cast I spotted a fish push water, not even breaking the surface around 20 yards down wind, the perfect opportunity to test the casting ability of the Xceed. Stripping a few extra yards of line from my fishing reel, I cast the flies with perfect turn over at the fish now around 2 yards closer than previous. As the flies landed gently on the water, a head emerged and engulfed my middle dropper. With a standard floating line it’s a challenge to hook a fish at distance, the drag from the surface slows down your reaction time and can sometimes lead to missed fish, but the way the Super-Dri range seems to repel water, I could set the hook almost instantaneously to the strike.
The fish took off well in the shallow water, lunging for the submerged weed and getting the nylon caught in the string like matter. Some side-strain was all it took to drag it free from the weed and the fight continued. What I love about Rutland and especially the north arm, is that you never know what you’re going to hook into, it could be a run of the mill stocky, or a fully overwintered torpedo. I was fortunate enough to slip the net under this fish, a beautiful mended stocked fish of which I estimated just over three pounds in weight and in perfect condition for this time of year, a great start to the day and the ideal opportunity to test the Super-dri Xceed.