FLY TIPPETS (final part)
The modern Stroft ABR is a tippet that does not ruffle at all, quite soft and very resistant to the abrasion of rubbing on stones, branches and jaws of trout. Poses great in the water and its resistance to the knot is very good. Best of all is its price and it can be achieved in 100mts spool twice the capacity of many spools of its competitors that are 50mts.
To fish with dry fly is very advisable to use monofilaments instead of fluorocarbon tippets that tend to sink easily and it is precisely this characteristic that has made them famous in fly fishing by fishing for trout a nymph.
Buoyancy is important in what dry-fly fishing is all about, because a yarn that sinks will dredge faster by making the nasty drag and consequently presenting the fly worse by comparing it to a copolymer that resists sinking, as in the case of monofilaments.
One important caveat: any tippet that twists easily, that rice or abrasive must be discarded instantly. In fly-fishing and even more in dry-fly fishing, wires with defects (lumps, bruises, or simply curly ones) fish badly, increase fish losses through breakage, and greatly increase fly drags as untimely as they are fatal for make good presentations.
In the case of nymph, drowned fly and streamer I also use the same monofilament for having always been supplied with Nylon and being accustomed to it. On the other hand, the Stroft ABR thread has proven to be very effective and useful in fishing with submerged flies, even in very deep pools.
Fluorocarbon has been a 1971 Japanese invention (Kureha Chemicals) that has revolutionized the world of fishing. SEAGUAR is an excellent fluorocarbon, being the chemists of this brand the inventors of this. Having a refractive index similar to water and being heavier than Nylon (almost double) sinks easily. It is waterproof and ultraviolet light does not affect you at all. It is the ideal thread for fishing to nymph, drowned fly and streamer. The only drawback is that it is an expensive or very expensive tippet.
After fishing for many years with this one I decided to change it for the copolymer not only because it was more economical but because the results in the fishing did not vary ostensibly. There are those who use copolymers for dry fly fishing and fluorocarbon for nymph fishing, but the drawback is that you have to load more spools on the vest already in itself and always too overloaded with all kinds of tools and boxes and boxes flies, nymphs and swimming flies.
Another tip is that in the case of wetting the fishing vest or the bag with which the fishing tools are transported, most often done, once the fishing day ends, the bobbins must be removed to dry In a ventilated place. Otherwise the tippet loses its faculties and in a short time can be quite damaged for the use of fishing.
Knots are an important aspect in the fly fisherman. My point of view is that you have to know a series of basic knots that will be used in all fishing trips and wherever we find ourselves. It is vital to know their abilities and limitations to know how far we can abuse them but above all learn to tie them easily in either low light conditions or on a windy or rainy day. The Perfection Loop, the Duncan Loop, the Barrel Knot, the Surgeon's Knot are basic knots that you have to learn perfectly to tie them in the time and place that suits us and in the conditions that we find ourselves.
FINALLY REMEMBER: For fishing, casting and make fly presentations with comfort and solvency, the most important thing is to fish with a bass line to your liking and above all long enough, between 4.5 meters and 5.5 meters, either a braided, knotted or conical leader, but What is really important is that you fish at ease with this one and trust in it.
It is of utmost importance to practice the extended cast or reach cast to make good presentations avoiding the artificial dredging.
Avoid bringing spools of thread exposed to the sun (such as strings to hold bobbins hanging from the neck), the only thing you will get is that your monofilaments are exposed to sunlight that will do nothing but spoil them. Take them in one of the pockets of your fishing vest.
Most of the recognized brands in the current market produce good fishing tippets. Do not constantly change fishing tippet mark. If a tippet likes and gives result it is best to get used to it and not constantly change it for another.
Get used to tying your tippets and flies with fishy knots to tie them easily in any situation. Carry a small flashlight on the fishing vest so you can see and tie in low light conditions, this will also help you get out of the river if you fish during the last hours of the day.
~ Carles V.