What a great job last night by the Long Island chapter of TU. The presentation was “Wet Flies 101,” and the post-talk Q&A session was one of the best I’ve had in all the years I’ve been doing this. So nice to see some familiar faces, and to make new acquaintances.
I have been remiss in bringing you more meaningful content — hey, I have a life, too — but my hope is to get back to more reports, articles, videos, and useful information. Some of my diagrams need updating. Even if it seems like days, months, or years go by, I’m not ignoring your requests, and I appreciate it when you send me a note asking for a particular fly video or tactical explanation — or just to say hello.
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Regarding your greased line swing ( floating line ) on the transducer type flies. I believe the floating line is about mending ? What would be the issue with a floating line and a short sink head, say 25-30 ft.with a 6-8 ft. leader, other than sensing the take.
I’m really not sure what you mean by “transducer type flies.”
To clarify, the greased line swing is not mine. It’s an old Atlantic salmon technique.
You’re correct, the floating line is critical for mending. Everyone is different, and I wouldn’t call 25-30 foot head short. I have integrated full sink lines for both fresh and salt, (head length about 25-30 feet) and I use those when I want to mend the floating section to help sink the fly and get it down to the bottom. The vast majority of the time when I’m doing a greased line swing, it’s not to sink a fly to the bottom, but rather to present that fly broadside (just below to a few feet below) the surface to a fish holding on station, or to slow the drift of the fly to the natural pace of the current.
If I’m wet fly fishing for trout, I’m expecting the take to be close to the surface, so a full sink head isn’t really an option. Streamers for trout in the winter? Different story.
Greased lining is a presentation where I have never had an issue sensing the take.
Always ask yourself this question: “What do I want the fly to do?” Once you have your answer, you can make a better decision on line, leader, adding weight, etc.
Hope that helps,