Proper assembly of your equipment is vital to its performance.
In this section, you will be walked through the proper steps to assemble and disassemble your tackle.
There are many knots used in flyfishing, and there can be many different knots that will work for one particular connection point in your tackle.
At each connection point, we'll mention the most common knots used for that particular connection. One knot recommend will be the hyperlink with tying instructions and illustrations. You can jump back and forth if you are assembling yor rod as you read this, or you may wait and learn all of the knots at once in the Knots section of this site.
The first step is to decide which hand you would like to use for reeling. Most reels are capable of both a right-hand or left-hand retrieve. The 'Classic' method seems to lean towards reeling with your right hand; however there are many people who prefer reeling with their left hand. This is really just personal preference, and either method is acceptable. You may find it more comfortable to reel with your left hand if you are right-handed and have been fishing with a spinning reel for many years.
reels have the same amount of drag in both directions, but most have
more drag in one direction than the other. If your reel has more drag
in one direction, you will have to make sure it is set up properly
for your chosen right-hand or left-hand retrieve. Take the reel in
your hand and look straight at the side with the reel handle. For a
right-hand retrieve, it should be easier to turn it clockwise and
harder to turn it counter-clockwise. For a left-hand retrieve, it
should be harder to turn it clockwise, and easier to turn it
counter-clockwise. If your reel is set up for the other hand, you
will have to reverse your drag setting. You should refer to your
owner's manual for the proper procedure.
Now we can attach the reel to the rod. Since we are going to be
loading line on the reel, it is best to just use the lower section of
the rod so it is short enough to handle easily.
The next step is to determine the proper amount of backing
to use. Your owner's manual for your reel should tell you the amount
of backing to use, with a certain weight line, to fill it to the
proper level. It may state the capacity is 100 yards of 20 pound
backing with a weight forward 5 line, or 75 yards of 20 pound backing
with a weight forward 6 line.
is an alternative method if your reel did not come with a capacity chart.
Take the backing and insert it through the guides on the lower
section of the rod. Bring the backing down to the reel and tie an Arbor
Knot to properly secure it. Now wind the backing onto the
reel, and make sure that the line is coming out of the guide and onto
the side of the reel that is away from the rod. Wind the backing as
smooth and even as possible, by guiding it with your other hand.
The next connection is from your backing to the 'reel' side of the flyline.
If you did....great!
Now it's time to attach the leader to the flyline. You have quite a few choices here, and all are acceptable.
first choice is to attach the leader to the flyline using a Nail
Knot or a Needle
you would like an easier method, you can utilize a loop to loop
connection. You will need to have a loop at the end of the flyline
and the butt section of the leader. You can use a braided loop
connector to create a loop at the end of the flyline. It is simply a
hollow braided tube with a loop at the end. You slide the tip of your
flyline into the connector, and then affix a small section of heat
shrink tubing over the connector to keep the line from sliding out.
These are very handy and work well. You can find them at most fly shops.
way to add a loop to the end of your line is to make your own loop
out of heavy monofilament line.
If you like, you may now add additional tippet material to the end
of your leader. This is not really necessary on a brand new leader,
but it does provide you with a few advantages. There are many
different approaches to this, and it is really an ongoing debate
Finally, assemble your rod's sections, and thread the leader up through the guides.
last note is to use caution when disassembling your rod's sections.
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