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Re: Sink tip line

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:29 pm
by Fishnkilts
redietz wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:53 am
Fishnkilts wrote: Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:12 pm
I have always read, heard and was taught to fish the traditional ways, and when I read or hear and see someone, let's say, going against the grain, it sets me back a bit.
I'm not sure what's not traditional about a sinking line. Leisenring would have been fishing an undressed silk line, which would sink. Marryat, the "Prince of Fly Fishers." who taught Halford about dry flies, surprised some people after he died and his tackle was auctioned off by how much split shot that tackle contained. Heck, even the Treatyse contained info on weighting your line.

That said, I would never weight a fly. Most of the time, I do want it right in the film, or just below. There are times, however, when I do want it a little deeper, and polyleaders/versileaders are the way to go for that, for me at least.

And they have advantages beyond just sinking the fly. They also function as a mini shooting head, making some single handed spey casts much easier. In fact, I use floating and intermediate polyleaders far more often than I do sinking ones for just that reason. Give them a try.
Thank you for the bit of history. I never knew they fished that way back then. I don't feel so torn now.

I will give it a try. Thank you.