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Weight Forward vs. Double Taper

by Doc Trout 

 

     I am often asked what is the difference in the performance of a Double Taper and a Weight-Forward fly line? Well, the short answer to that question is that a Weight-forward line is better for shooting the fly to its destination and a Double Taper line is better for casting it there. Now, what I mean by that is that a Weight Forward line consists of a thick diameter "head section" and a thin diameter "running line" section and thus the line tends to hinge at the point where the two meet. Therefore, to cast the maximum distance possible with a weight forward line, you must find the point where the head and running line meet, place it just a bit short of the top guide, load the rod, and let the line fly. However, a Double Taper line has a "head section" on each end and the line in between the two is the same diameter as the heads so there is no "running line". Consequently, since a larger diameter line presents more surface area to the line guides, a Double Taper does not shoot as far as a Weight Forward line. However, most Weight Forward lines have a "head section" that is about thirty feet long and thus you cannot hold any more line than the length of the head in the air when casting one because of the hinge effect. But, since a Double Taper line has no running line, it does not hinge so you can hold more line in the air than you can with a Weight Forward line but you can't shoot it as far because of the extra fricition it experiences when sliding through the line guides.

 

Do Trout Get Cranky?

by Doc Trout

 

     Before you laugh, think about the question a minute. Then, imagine living in a house with a living room that you can only inhabit for a few days each month because the ceiling descends between periods of rainfall. Or, imagine having a constant, 30 mph. wind blowing through your house that accelerates to the speed of a tornado whenever it rains. Or, imagine your air conditioner breaking down and the air in your house becoming so hot and humid that you literally suffocate to death! Now, imagine that in addition to all of these environmental problems, there are various creatures out there such as Otters and Herons that would really like to catch you and eat you for dinner. So, you can never, ever, let your guard down even for a moment!!! Then, ask yourself if being under that much stress wouldn't make you cranky? So, maybe it makes trout cranky too.

 

Fly Rods Are Like Golf Clubs

by Doc Trout

 

     Is it possible to have too many fly rods? I was looking at my fly rod collection the other day when I realized that I have 15 fly rods and my collection continues to grow. In fact, I have rods for small streams, I have rods for big water, I have rods for Smallmouth fishing, and I have rods for kayak fishing. But, the whole reason that I have so many rods is that each rod is particularly well suited to a single purpose and therefore I would feel at a loss if I were to be deprived of even one of them. Thus, it has occurred to me that fly rods are a lot like golf clubs in that while you could play 18 holes of golf with only one club, I suspect that it wouldn't be very productive or very much fun; and fly rods are the same way. In fact, I often joke with people that a fly fishermen needs to bring a rod caddy along just like a golfer because no matter which rod you choose, there is always a hole or lie just around the bend that you really need "that other rod" for. Thus, it would be REALLY convenient if, when out on a stream, you could turn to your rod caddy and say: "Seven foot, four weight, please" or "Eight-and-a hafl-foot, five weight, please".

 

My First "Southern Trout" Article 

by Doc Trout

 

The first issue of the new e-magazine Southern Trout (May 2012) is now available at the Southern Trout website. In addition, my first article as a freelance outdoor writer is published there and it is titled "North Carolina's Best Kept Secret". 

 

Freshwater Line Weights vs. Saltwater Line Weights

by Doc Trout

 

     I was thinking about different fly line weights for different purposes today and trying to fathom the saltwater fly fisherman's point of view when it occurred to me that both freshwater and saltwater fly fishermen have similar preferences for the range of line weights they use for a particular purpose. For instance, most freshwater fly fishermen choose either a 3 wt., a 4wt., or a 5 wt. line depending on the size of the fly they are casting and the degree of delicacy they need in their presentation. In addition, most saltwater fly fishermen choose either a 7 wt., an 8 wt., or an 9 wt. line for the same purpose with the freshwater fly fisherman's 2 wt. being the equivalent of the saltwater fly fisherman's 6 wt. and with the freshwater fly fisherman's 6 wt. being equivalent to the saltwater fly fisherman's 10wt. So, once I looked at it in this way, I suddenly realized exactly why so many saltwater 6 wt. fly rods have such soft tips when compared to the same brand and series of freshwater 6wt. fly rods

 
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