How long is long?
If you are using a five weight, plastic fly line, the following recipe should work for you. If not, tweak it a bit. First, 16” of .016, 84” of .020, 6” of .018, 6” of .016, 6” of .013, 6” of .012, 6” of .010, 8” of .008 and finally 30” of .006. To finish with .005, adjust the 30” of .006. The trick is to finish with 168” of leader. How you get there is up to you. Keep in mind I am fishing bamboo rods and double taper silk lines. If the “tangler” can cast a 14-foot leader, you should certainly be able to do so. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.
Next column, I will report on the three day gathering of the bamboo rod makers at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. No, I do not intend to buy another bamboo fly rod. My father, who seemed to grow smarter as I grew older, used to tell me, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.