When you are fishing streamers across stream for trout or bass as you wade downstream stop and stand still before stripping your fly back. This enables you to quickly detect the strike and set the hook.
Folstaff Wading Staff $132.00
A good wading stick is a great aid when wading fast streams and I don’t mean just large rivers. If you accidently fall down in water waist deep you get wet, if you fall down in water ankle deep you can break bones. I use a Folstaff Wading Staff in all streams I fly fish. If, however, you need to wade across a waist deep fast river and don’t have a wading stick here is a method which has helped me in the the large rivers we fish in the Rockies. Point your fly rod downstream with your downstream arm extended full length so the tip and six inches of the rod tip rest on the surface of the river. Maintain this contact point, just brushing the surface of the stream, as you wade slowly across the fast water. This simple method improves your balance greatly and helps you keep from falling.
Watch Harry’s Video on the Folstaff Wading Staff and the benefits of using a wading staff while fishing on the river.
This photo essay will cover the steps to clean and dress your fly line to ensure optimum performance.
Strip the fly line off of your reel. Be careful to strip it into an area that is clean and safe from feet. I like to make 3-4 foot strips and thoroughly inspect the fly line as I am going. I look for nicks in the coating and check my knots for signs of weakness. I make it a habit of re-tying all of my knots once a year, especially the line/leader knot.
Strip the fly line through your soapy towel. I strip the line through twice. Once from tip to butt and then from butt to tip.
After cleaning with soapy towel, remove soap by stripping fly line under running water. Again strip form tip to butt then butt to tip.
Dry the fly line thoroughly.
Strip the fly line through the applicator pad/ line dressing. Again work from tip to butt and then from butt to tip. This will help to ensure all of the microscopic nicks and dings are filled with line dressing.
Remove the excess fly line dressing with a clean soft cloth by stripping the line from butt to tip and then tip to butt. We are then ready to wind the line back onto the reel.
As the season progresses and you notice that your fly line begins to feel sticky or that it just doesn’t shoot right. When this happens, follow the steps above to restore the performance of the line. Depending on how dirty your streams or ponds are (i.e. grass, moss, pollen, mud) will dictate how often you should clean and dress your fly line. We use Scientific Anglers Fly Line Dressing or Glide Line Dressing on our personal and school outfits and have been pleased with the results. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call at 540-984-4212.
Thank you to our valued customers and friends for allowing us to share the joy of fly fishing with them. Â We have been blessed with the opportunity to meet many new and wonderful people and to strengthen friendships along the way. Fishing, especially fly fishing for us, is not as much about how many or how big the fish are; it is about the journey and those we choose to share it with.
As for the new year, we would like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2010. Â Whatever resolutions you may make, be sure to include some time for friends and fishing.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
The Staff at Murray’s Fly Shop and Jeff and Harry
Always carry several band aids in you billfold when you are fishing to fix your cuts and to make small tackle repairs.