I'm in the process of sorting out my gear for the up and coming fishing season and thought I'd write something about the subject.
When I'm going somewhere to fish for species X, these are the things that influence my fly gear selection the most:
- How big of a fly I'm going to use?
- How windy is it?
- Is it tight quarters or a wide open flat with tons of room?
- Am I wading deep, fishing from a boat or something in between?
- How big are the fish?
From all of those things I try to do a compromise that won't let me down even if condition get worse, but is still enjoyable and fun to use. I personally like to sacrifice some rod power to make fighting fish fun and lose a bit on effiency, but there are some fishery's where this is not an option and you have to be as efficiant as possible to get the fish. Also the thing that I like in my lines is that they have enough power. For most fishing I don't like finesse tapered lines - they are just too gay for me:)... If I need to have a more subtle presentation I usually do it by adjusting my casting stroke and the leader and not change my fly line. I believe that you have a lot of room to adjust this way to different fishing situations. By using finesse tapers you don't have the same room to adjust and you are pretty much stuck with using small flies and "wimpy" turnover.
All the same points are valid for both single and two handed rods.
It's all about compromises and personal taste. So if your shopping for new gear you should stop and think about what, where, how and when your going to use that new equipment and not just look for the shiniest and newest stuff that just came out of the factory. Especially if your like me and fish for many different species with a fly rod. I really have think about what I buy, because I need a lot of different gear for different fish/fisherys. I work at a factory for a living so my budget is limited. I don't have the funds to go out and buy all the expensive stuff that's out there so I have choose carefully what I need and what I don't.
Just backed some of the stuff that I'll be using next week for tuna. We'll see if I made the right gear choices or will it be a bust...
|Backed up for yet another dissapointment:)|