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    How to attach a fly fishing reel

    VideoFriday 01 March 2013
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    “OK now we’re gonna attach our reel and thread our line.  On this we have a pink coloured line, this is fly line. Through the middle it has a braided core, then on the outside we have quite a thick plastic coating that allows the line to float on the water. This is floating type line, you get them at different strengths. So you get a floating line, a sinking line, an intermediate line that kind of sits somewhere between the two. Some are sink tips, so they float and the last 15ft will sink. And there also again in different weights, so basically we want a full weight line for our full weight rod. This is known as weight forward line. Basically the way this works is that you will have a thin running line at the front, and thin running line at the back. Then in the middle we will have a much thicker sort of line which carries the weight to push the line forward. We also get different types of line like that, so we’ve got our weight forward. We’ve also get double take which is basically the same all the way through it’s quite thin. It’s a little bit more difficult to cast with, but its also quite good for delicate presentation. So this rod would do quite well with that sort of line. What I’m doing here is lining my reel up in the reel seat theres a small up in here in the handle and the top part our reel seat goes into that. The second part goes into this little eye at the bottom here, then we screw up the rings to make it nice and tight. Now I’m setting this reel up left handed because it has a drag system on here, and thats the way it works, but having the handle on the left hand side and the line coming from the bottom as the fish pulls out the drag can be tightened to loosened to apply more or less pressure to the fish. There’s a little trick to putting the line through the rod, because this lines so slippery basically it will fall back through they eyes if we’re not careful.  So I always make sure I fold mine over, so when it comes to poking it through the eyes it makes life nice and easy. If I drop it it hopefully will get caught on one of the eyes. So we thread it through all the eyes. It’s quite important to make sure we thread through all of the eyes. When we get to the top we’re gonna make that we drag through our braided leader loop. This is the bit that our fly and line are gonna attach to, and i’ll show you that now. Here we have our leader line, this is basically an 8lb course line. There are lots of different sorts of things you can use. This is monofilament, you can use fluorocarbon which is quite see through when it gets in the water and isn’t as stretchy. And then you get coat polymer and other stuff. But we’re using this today as it’s cheap and easy and it doesn't matter if I stick it in a tree, it’s not too expensive. So we’re gonna make ourselves a length of leader line, that is of course dependent on your fishing situation. So if it’s really hot in the summer and the fish are deep down we’ll need a longer leader than if say its the winter and they’re not so much. Or if they’re feeding on the top I’m gonna want a shorter leader than I am if sort of in deeper water. So I think for todays casting that’ll do. Ideally I’d have some scissors, but seeing as I don’t... I’m going to bite it off. The next part is to attach our leader line here. Now some people use a tapered leader so it’ll have lots of different strengths of line. This is 8lb, and it’ll probably go from 8 to 4 to 2 to have a tapered leader. And that allows the flight to kind of move in the air a lot easier. And it also allows more delicate presentation. But we’re gonna use a straight through kind of leader today, cos we’re only doing a little bit on the grass field here today. What we’re gonna do is get our leader loop, that’s the little bit there. We’re gonna pass our line through, and there’s two ways we can join this we can either tie a loop and pull it through. That’s alright but it does have a tendency to break, or we can tie what’s known as a half blood knot. That’s what we’re gonna do now. Basically we take our tag up here, and we whip round the mainline 7 times. Then we take our tag end, and if you look carefully there theres another loop. We’re gonna put our tag through the little bit of monofilament there...hopefully, just like that. Then we’re gonna pull it tight. That makes our half blood knot. We’ll also take off that little tag there, cos we can guarantee that will tangle on something. We now have our leader attached to our line. Now ideally if we were fishing on a lake we’d tie a nice fly on the end here also using the same half blood knot. But as we’re not today I’m gonna use a bit of fluff... quite a big bit of fluff in fact. That’s gonna do the same sort of thing. I’m gonna use a little loop on here and I’m gonna bloodknot it on. Hopefully it’s gonna stay there whilst I do some casting in a minute. 7 turns around the main line, tack back through the loop that we’ve just made, pull it tight and hopefully our bit of rabbit fluff isn’t going to go too far. Now we’re ready to do some casting.”  

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