By: Alice Tesar
Dry fly season is upon us and the shop is filled with folks wondering why the fish aren’t interested in their dry flies.
Yes, it is important to get the correct flies but equally as important is your leader and tippet. The biggest mistake these people are making, one I made for years, is just switching out their nymph for a dry fly without addressing their tippet length.
Without giving you too much to work with, recognize that the evolution of tapered leaders has revolved around nymphing and streamer fishing. Engineered with a more aggressive taper to cut wind and cast greater distances. Most factory made tapered leaders ignore the long tippet section required for a dry fly presentation.
Adding one to three feet of tippet (*gasp* yes, your leader and tippet will now be close to 13’ long) will allow you to mend easier (if you need to mend at all) and will give you a more natural drift without the added weight of a tapered leader. Instead of fretting about turning over your fly in a long cast think about a more precise, shorter cast.
With the thinnest and most invisible portion of your rig, the tippet, close to the fly it won’t matter if it doesn’t turn over when your fly lands on the water’s surface. A longer tippet section will also keep you from lining the fish (when the fish see your line before they see the fly). Just try it.Alice Tesar Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!