Skip to main content

Clearing Line!

Clearing Line!

Clearing line quickly after hooking a giant tarpon can sometimes happen before you know it. These big beasts once hooked can clear your excess stripping line before you can blink.

After you set the hook on a tarpon, applying drag with your stripping hand by gripping fly line tightly helps to keep the line slack free and helps you to stay tight to the fish so the odds of a hook pull are less.

During this time frame lots can go wrong. The stripped line from the deck is being cleared up through the guides to the reel. It's your job to try to separate your line hand and your rod hand so your line that's being cleared doesn't jump up around your reel or butt section of your rod. If this happens, game over!



Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Olsen

Olsen's BlowTorch

Olsen's BlowTorch step-by-step instructions.

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

All these tricks can be put to use on poppers or sliders for anything with fins, from panfish to billfish.

Problem Child Fly

Problem Child Fly

In this demonstration we see how the Problem Child Fly is made.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now