Fly Fishing Line Rigging Instructions

Fly Fishing Line Rigging Instructions
Fly fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors, and it can be done almost anywhere there is water with fish. Fly fishing offers you the chance to enjoy both the peaceful, serene and graceful casting stroke that is so often associated with the sport, as well as the rush of excitement when you hook into a fish. One of the first skills you will need to know when taking up fly fishing is rigging up the line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly rod
  • Fly reel
  • Fly line backing
  • Heavy book
  • Fly line
  • Tapered leader
  • Strike indicator (optional)
  • Split shot sinker (optional)
  • Fly floatant (optional)
  • Fly
  • Fishing clippers
Step 1
Assemble your rod and attach the reel to the reel seat. Remove the spool from the fly reel.
Step 2
Take the spool of fly line backing and pull off about a foot of it. Now take the end of the backing around the spool, and tie it off using an Arbor knot. (See the resources section for instructions on tying any knots with which you are not familiar.) Attach the reel spool back onto the reel, and crank the reel to take the backing off its spool and onto the reel. Ease the rod and reel side to side a little while you crank to distribute the backing evenly across the face of the spool. Keep the backing under a little tension while you do this. You can accomplish this by placing the backing spool on a table with the line running under a heavy book that is between you and the spool.
Step 3
Take your fly line and locate the small tag on it that indicates which end goes to the reel. Take this end and tie it to the loose end of the backing using an Albright knot. Crank the fly line onto the reel evenly as you did with the backing.
Step 4
Take a new, tapered mono-filament fly line leader and tie it to the loose end of the fly line using a nail knot. Grab the loose end of the leader and begin to string it through the line guides on the fly rod. Begin with the biggest stripping guide nearest the reel, and continue up through the tip-top guide, being careful not to miss any along the way or wrap the line around the rod.
Step 5
Add a strike indicator to the line just below where the leader joins the line, if you are planning on fishing wet flies or nymphs below the surface of the water. Specific instructions for attaching the indicator will be on the packaging. These usually are adjustable, and where they are on the leader can be changed according to fishing conditions.
Step 6
Take your fly and tie it to the end of the leader using an improved clinch knot. For dry flies, add some floatant to the fly. For wet flies or nymphs that you want to sink, pinch a split shot on the leader about 18 inches above the fly.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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