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Switch Lines in Mid-River

Switch Fly Fishing Lines while standing mid-river. Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing Tips
There are often times when one wants to switch from a floating to a sinking tip fly line and it is not necessary to wade to shore to achieve this.
Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing Murray's Fly Shop - North Fork Shenandoah Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass caught on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

You are standing in mid-river using a 9 foot rod and you decide you would like to switch from a floating fly line to a sinking tip fly line.  You can easily remove the reel spool with the floating line from the reel and insert the reel spool with the sinking tip line. Now pull fifteen feet of line with the leader attached from the reel. Take the fly rod apart at the ferrule in the middle of the rod and place the tip section of the rod under your arm. Thread the leader and line through both sections of the rod then put the tip section back on the butt section at the ferrule and you are ready to fish. This works fine with two piece and four piece rods.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action Part IV


Harry discusses a fast action 3 weight fly rod vs a medium action 3 weight fly rod and the benefits of each under various fly fishing situations. 3 Weight fly rods are one of our most popular and useful fly line sizes in the mountain trout stream fly fishing we have on the east coast.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part II


We have put this video together to help you understand the different fly rod actions and their fly fishing application. Harry Murray discusses why one eight weight fly rod action works better for bonefish while another action works better for bass, particularly smallmouth bass, fly fishing applications. Our goal with this four part series “Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action” is to allow you to walk into your local fly shop, pick up and cast a few fly rods and be able to determine which one will perform optimally in your fly fishing situation.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part I


This video is the first in our multi part series on selecting a fly rod to suit the needs of the flyfishing YOU plan to do. Our goal with this series is to enable you to: walk into your local fly shop, pick up a fly rod and be able to tell if it will meet the demands of the fly fishing you plan to do based on it’s action.
For example: A 6 weight fly rod which is designed to cast large streamers should be expected to perform poorly when forced to cast size #18 dry flies. When you walk out of the fly shop excited about your new fly rod, we want that excitement to continue and not end the next time you go flyfishing when you find out it is too stiff or too soft to meet your needs.

Dangerous Trick

When your fly becomes hooked on a tree limb several feet beyond your reach, there is a great temptation to stick your rod tip all the way up to the fly and try to twist and turn the fly until you free it. This is not a good practice because you can easily break your fly rod…..There is no fly worth risking breaking your fly rod.