Fly Line Weaving

Fly Line Weaving

Fly line weaving with your fingers may be more effective then one would think, especially against large species.

Fighting a big game fish with a fly rod requires endurance and skills, which are learned and acquired through years of experience. Good anglers can land big fish quickly and with much less effort than novices, because they know how and when to pull on a fish. Angles are critical. If the fish is swimming to the right, pull left. If the fish is swimming away, pull down along the spine of the fish. Always try to keep the head of the fish up. Once they start "dogging" or holding steady in deep water, it is difficult to tire or move them.

I tend to use a fairly light drag, especially at the beginning of the fight. I may tighten it slightly as the battle progresses, but most of the additional pressure I apply is through my hands. Palming does not slow powerful fish effectively. It is a superb technique for bonefish, steelhead or redfish, but it does not work well for a tarpon or sailfish. A much more successful tactic is to weave the fly line around your fingers and pull back without letting any line slip. If the fish surges, point the rod toward the fish and let go of the line. You will be amazed by the amount of pressure you can apply and how well you can feel and anticipate the movement of the fish. The following video demonstrates this technique.

http://youtu.be/xne1XhWLCoY


Also, remember that fly line is elastic. Pulling with 25 yards of backing and a full fly line between you and the fish is ineffective. Wait until you are 50 feet or so into your fly line and then start to get serious about landing the fish. Always try to get the fish to the boat as quickly as possible to ensure that the fish is released unharmed and never pull a big fish over the gunwales and into the cockpit of the boat.


Recommended for You

Here's a look at 8 new fly lines for 2019. Lines

8 New Fly Lines for 2019

Fly-Fisherman

Here's a look at 8 new fly lines for 2019.

American Rivers today released its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers, identifying ten rivers facing imminent threats. News

2019 Most Endangered Rivers

Fly Fisherman - April 16, 2019

American Rivers today released its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers,...

The Kamikaze Sculpin is easy to tie, versatile, and smartly designed to get the job done. Fly Tying

Tying the Kamikaze Sculpin

Charlie Craven

The Kamikaze Sculpin is easy to tie, versatile, and smartly designed to get the job done.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Finding giant Mongolia taimen and a state of enlightenment.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp flies! Flies

The 15 Best Carp Flies

Jay Zimmerman - September 27, 2016

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp...

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range. United States

Wind River Range Wyoming

Greg Thomas - July 27, 2015

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range.

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones are brightly colored treasures. Trout

Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters

Landon Mayer - April 18, 2018

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones...

See More Stories

More Learn

You can be a successful freshwater fly fisher with just the nine knots shown here. Beginners

9 Best Fly Fishing Knots You Should Know

Fly Fisherman Staff | Illustrations by Joe Mahler

You can be a successful freshwater fly fisher with just the nine knots shown here.

A Jack Dennis classic, first designed for the Jackson Hole One Fly. Fly Tying

Tying the Amy's Ant

Charlie Craven

A Jack Dennis classic, first designed for the Jackson Hole One Fly.

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

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

Charlie Craven - March 13, 2019

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

See More Learn

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

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