Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Is There Anything Worse Than Putting On a New Fly Line?

So I haven't blogged on Fly Fishing in a while. I have been out, not much and nothing worth relaying.

I am aiming at my trip to New Brunswick.

So I am putting a new line on a new reel (to go with a new to me rod).

First problem is the backing. Apparently a Cabelas RLS #4 needs 250ft of backing! So I look at the online picture to see how far the backing fill the arbor. Many minutes later I think I am done so I move on to the fly line.

Now the Nail Knot is hard to tie and the tube knot a little easier but they are rarely tied so it took me a few trys just to get it close and a few more to get it right. I carefully start to reel on the new line when it falls on the floor and creates an instant birds nest!

So I untangle the mess, straighten the line multiple times and again reel up the line only to find I didn't put on enough backing!

Off comes the line, blood knot on the tag from the backing spool and re-guess-timate the amount of backing needed. Less grief (from practice) putting on the line with a nail knot, reel up the line and still not enough backing but enough to do the job.

Snake on the loop end. Now I know a lot of you are not fans of these things but I back mine up with a (you guessed it) nail knot! and then the heat shrink.

Of course then I look up rods need for the province and realize that the 10wt might be overkill.

So I am off to Cabelas to buy my 3rd 4wt

Till next til


  1. I believe the hassles of rigging new equipment is overshadowed by the anticipation of using it. What's your quarry in NB, salmon, smallmouth, pickeral, stripers or musky?

    1. Ideally everything but having never caught an Atlantic Salmon..... but just fly fishing in another place is a treat as well.


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