Article: Rigging for Fly Fishing

Excerpt from a new article courtesy of Cascades Flyfishing Expeditions:

Terminal tackle is a term more frequently used in the conventional fishing world; however, in my mind, it applies to any component in your fly fishing rigging that could fail, i.e. – the knots, the leader material and the fly.

Rigging Overview

  1. When rigging a fly fishing reel, the first step is to tie backing onto the fly reel spool, and wind on backing. Typically an arbor knot is used at this step. If a fish takes you all the way to the end of your backing, and to this step in your rigging, you’re in trouble.
  2. The backing is then attached to the rear section of the fly line. Two knots work in this application; the Albright knot or the nail knot.
  3. At the distal end of the fly line, attach a butt section. A butt section is a 6-10” section of 20-30 lb monofilament with a Perfection loop at the end. Use an Albright or nail knot to attach the monofilament butt section to the fly line. A Perfection loop is tied on the end of the butt section to allow rapid changing of leaders through the use of an inter-locking loop.

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