Category Archives: Fly Fishing Gear

Guest Blogger Review – Line Speed

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

linespeedLoon Outdoors_Line Up Kit (Fly Line Cleaning Kit). I used the line cleaning tool and cleaner solution on two lines that I will be replacing after the trout season is over. So, this was a pretty stiff test as both lines were in rough shape.

The line cleaning tool is easy to hold and made it quite easy to apply the cleaning solution to the line. After drying overnight (as instructed), I buffed both lines with a cotton rag.

Several drops of the cleaner were enough to treat each line. I would expect this will last for quite some time.

Both lines showed marked improvement in sliding through the guides making it possible to shoot more line for long casts. After 2 ½ months both lines continued to perform well. Given that both of the lines were old and facing retirement, the line cleaning kit did a remarkable job of revitalizing the lines. I would highly recommend the kit.

Review of Hareline’s 10-ft. Floating Furled Leader

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

Floating Furled Leader

Floating Furled Leader

I went on a fishing trip to north-central Pennsylvania in late-September, and took the opportunity to field-test Hareline Dubbin’s 10 ft. Floating Furled Leader.

When I first began fly fishing, in the late-1960’s, knotless tapered nylon leaders were a new technology. The early ones were pretty bad; manufacturers still had not worked out effective tapers. I kept right on tying my own knotted tapered nylon leaders from scratch, as had become my habit.

Some years later, I discovered both braided-butt and furled leaders at about the same time. Having tried both types, my conclusion was that they share two major faults. When you snag your fly and have to break off, the leader stretches significantly as you pull against the snag. When the tippet finally breaks, the leader snaps back and ties itself into some very interesting knots that have to be picked out. Sometimes the tippet gets involved, and you have to remove and/or replace it to get the mess sorted. more…

A Little Bounce, Part II

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part I described the leader rig, its purpose, the bounce weight, floatation, fly attachment and fly type. This installment discusses the overall “value proposition” of the bounce rig, regulations, a few points of leader construction, and ways and limits to using the rig.

The primary virtue of the bounce rig is that it settles the fly to within x inches of the bottom, with x decided by the angler…no matter where in the drift the fly and leader happens to be. It takes some of the guesswork and readjustment out of other methods (for example how high above a fly an indicator must be positioned for a given stretch of water). The angler watches the floating line or indicator, looking for suspicious twitches that can signal a take.

With a bounce-rigged leader, depending on the point weight, flies can sink as quickly as if they were weighted, and like a weighted fly they don’t “ride up” until close to the end of the drift. That can be a disadvantage if your intention is to represent an emerging nymph, but otherwise it’s generally a plus. Ideally, bounce nymphing affords some of the benefits of both slack-line drifting and tight-line strike-sensing–the rig drifts with a slack line on the surface, to stay connected to the current…but is somewhat taut between the fly and the surface (which is the point where you visually detect the takes). more…