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Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?

May 25, 2017

Tags: Fly lines, bass bugs



I should go ahead and buy an eight or nine-weight fly rod - a real bass rod so I can better cast big flies. But I'm cheap, so my grandson Cade and I have been flogging away with six-weight rods and deer hair bugs. Yeah, it tends to be windy on the North Texas prairie, but the fishing has been good on a couple of our favorite tanks (ponds). We've cheated a bit by moving up to seven-weight lines, but casting a number four bug or a weighted streamer often results in an embarrassing pileup, especially when the wind gusts. So I plan to cheat and skimp a little more this weekend by loading a couple reels with "bass bug" lines and heading to Lake Texoma. Supposedly, that extra forward weight will do a better job of turning over a bunch of hair and feathers. We'll see. I do wonder about the wisdom of paying nearly as much for a line as for the rod.

Comments

  1. June 9, 2017 9:56 PM CDT
    There are people out there now advising to just forget your double-tapered fly lines and to use weight-forward lines for everything.
    - Chas S. Clifton
  2. June 12, 2017 1:05 PM CDT
    Chas, thanks for stopping by. Interesting point. I'm primarily a warm water fly fisherman, so I don't spend a lot of time worrying about delicate presentation and long, drag-free drifts. However, on occasional trout fishing excursions in Idaho and Colorado, I've gotten by fine with weight-forward, floating lines, but then I wasn't fishing for huge trout in gold medal streams.
    - Henry Chappell

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