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Chrisc54

I am a bit of a fly fishing rooky other than for small rainbows trolling out of a pontoon, my question is why do people leave so much line out at there rod when casting on the river? I always see when people are river fly fishing they have a ton of line dangling around by there rod, a lot of them seemed like seasoned fly fishermen, so i assume this is normal. Why do you do this?

thanks for the help guys
Knnn

"my question is why do people leave so much line out at there rod when casting on the river? I always see when people are river fly fishing they have a ton of line dangling around by there rod, a lot of them seemed like seasoned fly fishermen, so i assume this is normal. Why do you do this?"

I'm not quick clear on what you mean. Are you referring to line dangling from the rod tip or more likely around the reel? There should be little or no slack line from the rod tip forward, so I presume you mean the later.

This slack line is line that has been retrieved after the cast, after the fly is tripped back in slow water, or after a swing to bring the fly closer to the caster so that they can start the casting process again. When someone is casting long distances 50-80' (single hand) or longer with a double, all the line that is pulled back in in preparation for the next cast has to hang near the reel.

Alternatively you may be referring to a long loop of line that many anglers, particular those casting with a double handed spey rod hold as they swing their flies across the river. I believe this is done so that they avoid too quick and/or sharp a hook set. I do not spey cast so could be wrong.




Chrisc54

I meant the line dangling by the reel. Thanks

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