When an angler is looking around their favorite tackle shop, or big box department store, their fly fishing line is usually one of the last things that they think about. Most anglers don’t understand that your choice of fly line can really be the difference between you catching a boat load of fishing, or coming home empty handed. In order to make the right decision though, you’ll have to first understand that fly fishing lines hold a lot more weight than most anglers give credit for, and that you have to use a line specified for the type of fishing, and casting you are going to be doing.
It is proven that chasing small fish, such as Sunfish, Bluegill, Crappie, and other panfish species, on fly fishing rods is incredible fun, the fact remains, that you cannot target them with a 9wt rod and have the same experience you would get from a 3wt. This is because the type of line used on a 9wt is so much more dense, and thicker than lines used on smaller, 3wt rods. The thick line does not allow the fly to travel through the water column as smoothly as using a thinner diameter line would be.
If you cover a lot of different types of fishing conditions, you may want to actually consider purchasing a few different types of lines, to ensure that you are using the right tool for the job. There are a wide range of options available, so you should either take an experienced angler with you, or get some tips from one of the local fly fishing guides, or charters, on which type of line would be best for the type of angling you are wanting to accomplish. As long as you are ensuring that you use the right type of fly fishing line for the species you are targeting, you will have a much more successful day on the water, than if you were to just grab a rod and go.
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