I started experimenting towards the end of the fishing season last year with interchanging different line weights with the fly rod weight. I did this because at times fishing the tailrace I experienced lots of wind in some of the narrow areas. I started using a 5 weight line with my 4 wt fly rod to help cut through the wind a little better. I found the exchange made it much easier to cast and place the fly with more accuracy. I also discovered that with the wind ripples on the surface I didn’t need the longer leader in the 9 -10ft. range; I could actually fish a 7 ½ ft. leader and get even more accuracy. So hopefully I have the wind problem solved when it is whipping down the gorge at break neck sped.
After trying the “wind scenario” and it proving to be successful; my next experimental pairing will be to use 2 or 3 weight line with my 4 wt 8 ½ ft. fly rod. With this pairing I still have the power in the rod, but I am getting a much softer and lighter presentation of the fly as it touches the surface. Using a 9 to
10 ft leader/tippet size will cause even less disturbance
on the surface. The trout here experience a lot of fishing pressure and I feel
the lighter the better for me when it comes to producing a take on a tiny dry
or nymph. This will be my first set-up I will be experiment with when I get
back on the water. I know a lot you guys have interchanged lines with rod
weights; what’s your take on line weight verses rod weight?
Hope all you guys have a great Christmas!!!