Fly Fishing Outfit
The mode of casting the artificial fly is something very different from that employed in casting a bait, for in this the light tuft of feathers and the little hook could not be expected to draw the line out through the guides, therefore the weight of line must do the work. It also differs from bait-casting in that the line is not cast from the reel, but is drawn from the reel by hand before making the cast. The method of fishing with a fly is also just the reverse of bait fishing, as you shall see later.
Since the manner of handling the tackle is so different it naturally suggests that the tackle employed must differ also, and so it does. The light, slender fly rod described in chapter two is used, and you will remember that the fly rod has the reel seat placed below the hand grasps and that a different style of reel is used. This reel may be either a single action click reel of rubber with metal bands around the side plates, or one of aluminum or German silver. An automatic reel may be used if preferred for this kind of fishing and this is the choice of a large number of fishermen, but the smaller sizes should be selected as the larger ones are too heavy. The click reel should be attached with handle to the right.
The line should be thirty or thirty-five yards long and should be of the finest, enameled silk, size E for most use. but the F size is much used, especially for light rods.
To the end of the line the gut leader is attached. It may be three feet long, with a single fly on the end (called a tail fly when used on end of leader); or it may be six feet long with a fly on the end and another (dropper fly) attached to the middle; or it may be nine feet long, with three flies, but this latter length is not used much for the ordinary fly fishing, as the knot catches in the tip when casting.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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