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Where do I cut ?
Posted 01 March 2005 - 11:58 AM
Posted 01 March 2005 - 12:19 PM
I cut the fly line, you should lose less than 1”. If it’s a floating line I put a drop of zap-a-gap on the end to try and keep moisture from wicking up the core. For years I tied a foot of 30lb Hal Janssen leader butt material onto the end of my fly lines and would cut this when changing leaders. But, I like to have as few knots on my line as possible, and no connecting loops, so for the past few years I tie my leader directly onto the fly line with a nail knot, drop of zap-a-gap, then blood knot my tippet onto the leader.
When I’ve changed tippets enough times and need to replace the leader I just cut about ½” off the fly line and put on a fresh leader. Years ago a guide on the San Juan showed me how he joined a leader to a fly line. He cut the butt end of the leader diagonally, pushed a bodkin up inside the core of the fly line, put a drop of zap-a-gap onto the leader, then quickly pulled out the bodkin and pushed the leader butt into the hole, needs to go in at least 1”. I was amazed how hard you could pull on this connection, tippet will certainly break first. I like to target big browns, fish the salt locally, and I have the most confidence with leaders nail knotted directly to the fly line.
Posted 01 March 2005 - 12:24 PM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 02:25 PM
|QUOTE (skunked @ Mar 1 2005, 12:24 PM)|
|Thanks Graham,I'm pretty sure it's a sinking line. It would float, but only for a second, or right away when the faucet stream or my hand would push it under. So how much can be cut off before the shooting head becomes inaffective?|
Density isn't the consideration as much as is construction of the taper or head, which is more what you're asking about in a roundabout way.
Check the diagram in your line description and it will identify the different parts. A shooting head takes up the first 25-35' (roughly) of a line. The more taken off, the more different the line and rod will react, don't forget.
I snip off roughly a half-inch if I'm cutting the line; it makes more sense to connect a butt section and use that up first most instances.
Posted 02 March 2005 - 02:30 PM
Posted 02 March 2005 - 11:57 PM