Introduction to Fly Fishing by Tony Scott
your Fly Line
you’ve bought your rod, reel, line - don’t forget
some backing line.
line serves two purposes: Your fly line will be around 30 metres
long, but your reel will hold maybe 30 metres of backing line
plus your fly line. The primary purpose of backing line is to
build out the centre axle of your spool, thereby allowing the
fly line when subsequently fitted to almost fill the spool to
the rim. An allowance of 2mm should be left. See diagram below.
This ensures that you have the largest possible loops of fly line
on the reel thereby helping to eliminate “memory”
which occurs when the flyline can have a tendency to remember
the shape it has formed on the spool. The secondary reason for
fitting backing line is that should you be fishing a large water
and your “personal best” decides to make a run for
it, you may well need another 30 metres of line to play and land
best knot to use for fitting you backing line to the spool and
afterwards the fly line to the backing please refer to the section
nearly always find a small sticker indicating which end of the
fly line should be fitted to your reel.
vitally important, and I cannot stress this too much, that the
fly line is fitted to the reel in the same way that it was originally
wound onto its plastic case or in some cases wound and tied with
tape. Please view the diagram below.
wind the line on following the top drawing you are winding it
on as a spring, and as such it will react like that when you try
and fish with it - Definitely not recommended. If your line is
not supplied on a plastic spool, and many are not, use a rolled
up newspaper or similar as in the diagram below.
You now have your line and backing on your reel.
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