Five Fly Fishing Lockdown Projects

Original article from Swift Fly Fishing.

Clean Your Fly Lines

Fly lines get dirty through regular use, they pick up gunk and algae in the surface film of the water, lines stripped into the bilge of a boat get filthy quickly and if you’ve been doing any casting practice out on the lawn your line definitely needs a clean. Read More »

Is There a Secret to Untangling Knots?

Is There a Secret to Untangling Knots?

Philip Monahan, from, answers a reader’s question:

Are there any secrets to untangling the other kind of common fly-fishing knots: the unintended ones you create because of wind or bad casting?

A knotty problem

Answer: Well, I don’t know about secrets, but there are certainly some untangling strategies that I learned during my guiding days. Read More »

Fly Fishing Leaders

Fly Fishing Leaders

This article was originally from FlyfishUSA website (page now defunct). Note: The brands mentioned in this article are sold by FlyfishUSA.

Fly Fishing Leaders, their construction and formulae for trout, steelhead and salmon.

Understanding Fly Leaders

Hand tied leaders

Having an understanding of leader material and a practised knowledge of reliable fishing knots is as important to the angler as knowing how to cast. Read More »

Building a Tapered Leader

“Today there are more choices than ever when it comes to tapered leaders and I think most people are content to use the manufactured, knot-less variety. But, as with fly tying, there’s a good bit of satisfaction and knowledge to be gained by building your own. Read More »

Dimensioning Leaders with LeaderCalc

LeaderCalc is an online tool that allows you to calculate the section lengths of your knotted leaders based on a large number of leader formulas including some of the best known and most popular leader designs available.

The original version was a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet developed by Global FlyFisher partner Steve Schweitzer. Read More »

Gear Made Simple – Fly Rods

Gear Made Simple – Fly Rods

You enter a store that specialises in fly rods. Your aim – to purchase your first fly rod. The store owner approaches and describes the brilliant fishing to be had in the mountain streams. “Wow”, you exclaim. “What rod would you recommend if I go up there?”

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