Fly Line Management While Wading

Fly Line Management While Wading

Fly Line Management

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Wading is an exciting way to experience salt water flats fishing for species like bonefish and permit.

Here are a couple fly line management tips to remember that will help in your next wading experience.



  • Make sure to have enough line off the reel to make the cast you need to make

  • Make sure your leash (the amount of line outside your rod tip while in the ready position) is not too long or short.  Usually around 9ft of fly line and the leader makes a very comfortable and manageable amount of line to deal with
  • Try not to hold more than one loop in your running line that is dragging in the water behind you.  Too many loops will cause tangles
  • If there is current where you are wading its best to get all of your running line next to your legs so it can shoot through your guides easily if needed

Take these fly line management tips with you when wading the flats and you have less line issues and more fishing time. Look for more wading tips in future posts.

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