Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks- Fitting Braided Fly Line Loops

to celebrate TLC’s shiny new face here’s some more than excellent tips on installing braided loops from Mike Barrio of Barrio Fly Lines.
the trick with the monofilament ‘threader’ really makes it easy to snug up the fly line end inside the braid and get it just right. enjoy !

Personally, I prefer to connect my leader directly to my fly line with a constriction type knot, in my experience this offers me a better transition from fly line to leader and better presentation. But braided leader loops are a very popular alternative method and I am frequently asked how to fit them.

There are numerous braided leader loops available on the market, many of these are too long and too heavy for most fly line tips and can cause them to sink, especially when fitted to lower weight lines. A lot of them are also very poorly made and can fail on a good fish. In my experience, the Roman Moser Minicon Loops are the best that I have found.
2-160515124137These are easy to fit. I usually grab 10 inches or so of nylon, thread it through the loop and hold it back in a ‘U’ against the loop ( loop through loop ) then I slide the red sleeve over the loop so that the sleeve is mostly sitting on the nylon.
2-160515124440Then I insert the fly line inside the braid at the other end and feed it up through the braid until it reaches the point where the loop is formed. Sometimes the end of the braid can be a bit tight making it difficult to insert the fly line, but if you push or prod the end of the braid with your finger this will help to loosen and expand the braid a little.

Now hold the nylon and slide the sleeve back over the loop and along the braid until it reaches the other end, I like to have about 3/4 of the sleeve sitting on the braid and 1/4 on the fly line.

A braided loop works by constriction, so the harder you pull the braided loop from the loop end, the more it will tighten and grip the fly line between the loop and the ‘sleeve anchor point’. Don’t be tempted to add a spot of glue at the loop end, as this could cancel out the constriction of the braid.

Braided loops work well when simply fitted like this, but some folk like the added assurance of a spot of waterproof superglue. If you wish to add waterproof superglue, stop sliding the sleeve just before you reach the end of the braid (picture 5) add a little glue to the end of the braid and then slide the sleeve over this to the 3/4 – 1/4 point. Only use a very small amount of glue, as slightly too much can cause your fly line tip to sink.

Hope this is useful 😎

Best wishes

as for TLC’ shiny new face, it was time to do some spring cleaning and since the rags and cleaning solution where out i thought i’d find a simpler, cleaner looking page layout that also works faster and better at home or with mobile devises.
since feedback always helps, please let me know if you’re having any viewing, navigation or whatever issues and i’ll work them out.
here’s hoping you like the new look and thanks again Mike !

Barrio Fly Reels- The Hot Copper Spider

barrio hot copper spider 1
hot copper spider barrio reel 2yummy, huh ?

Mike sums it up so well there’s not a lot to add apart that my own Spider from years ago is as good now as out of the box. both modern and traditional,  very well designed and engineered (just to give you an idea, there’s absolutely no play between the spool and the frame, something a lot of the major-league players in the fly reel industry can’t claim), this kind of overall quality at £132.00 (206US$ – 168€) including free worldwide shipping can’t be beat. already available in Silver, the Hot Copper is sure attract more than a few.

“Barrio Fly Reels are crafted for us in Germany by Ralf Vosseler, simply superb engineering!

The Hot Copper Spider is a modern lightweight design with generous fly line capacity … simple, reliable and strong.

A beautiful 3.25 inch fly reel machined from bar stock alloy and hard anodised for maximum protection. At approx 132 gms, this 5/6 line fly reel is light enough to feel good on our 3wt fly rods, yet it has the capacity to hold a 6wt fly line comfortably.

The subtle clicking friction system prevents over-run of the spool, designed so that the angler controls any braking required by applying pressure on the rim with the palm of their hand, simply what we do naturally when fly fishing for trout.

We have been offering these reels for a good number of years in various custom designs and they have a strong following. A spool from our first edition reel will fit the latest edition perfectly, a sign of first class engineering.”

click either image to access Mike Barrio’s site for more information on this more than highly recommended reel.

Strike !

more than any other aspect among all the other aspects involved in the activity of fly fishing, to me, the strike is where it is and what it’s all about.  apart from being able to admire the fish up close if everything works out well, all the rest comes second well, third.

it happens in a flash and just like a lightning bolt we get to appreciate it in all it’s glory for only a brief moment in time. maybe that’s what makes it so special.

here’s a pretty unusual example of this most excellent moment through perfect timing with the camera from Mr. FlyLine, Mike Barrio.

Mike Barrio GT125 strike

“He said that Brown Trout (sic) have adapted, through recent evolutionary shift, the ability to change colour, very much like a chameleon does. The ‘red spots’ are only visible under a certain spectrum of light and only under water which is why we can’t see them in our photos. It is thought that this is an anti-predator adaptation and, that in time, Brown Trout will develop the advances in this ‘technology’ similar to the alien in the “Predator” movie. Effectively this will mean that at some time in the future when you hook a Brown Trout and it jumps from the water all you will see is pixellated shit that is indistinct. It will also mean posting photographs of ‘trophy’ fish will be impossible as basically all you will see is a rod, net and some bankside vegetation. It’s true. “

overheard yesterday and just too good not to share, this and countless good-natured comments are to be found on Mike Barrio’s Fishing The Fly Forum. home-based on the banks of the river Don in Aberdeenshire, Scotland but with members from all over the globe, be sure to check it out and join up.

as for the Predator-like digi-camo fish, i get the feeling that our lives as fly fishers is about to pass on to a whole different level. level of what, i have no idea but it sounds like a challenge, to say the least…

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fly line testing (a postcard from Spain)

we’d already seen the making of a fly line and here’s a sneak preview of how they’re carefully tested and evaluated !
brought to you from one of the deepest-darkest of secret testing grounds/Barrio Team vacation camps in Spain, Mike Barrio himself  “well, doing what’s gotta be done because that’s what I like to do, besides, once it’s doned I can start all over again… “

” Just back from doing some top secret trials of a new fly line coating in Europe.
The coating appears to go very well on pretty stiff rods, producing tight loops and good distance !

if you’re not familiar with these lines yet, do yourself the favor of checking out the page below. yes, as Pro-Team member i’m quite partial but i wouldn’t be on the team  if i couldn’t fully endorse the products. they’re that good.

the new kid on the block

just out to the public this week comes the next generation of long belly fly lines, one that will be present not only in future distance competitions but on any waters for the angler who wants maximum versatility. i’ve had the pleasure of using two prototypes since this spring and after a short ‘getting to know you’ period have adopted them full time as my floating 5wt lines. one’s for practice, teaching and demos and the other is reserved for fishing.
close-up, mid range or far, try as i may, i can’t fault them on any aspect.
as a last note, i’ll remind you that these lines are sold for 25£ (31€ or 39$) including shipping anywhere in the world, don’t hesitate.

some specs from Mike’s page

” The new Barrio GT125 longbelly fly line has been designed for distance!

The GT125 offers superb line control, stability in the air and turnover. Our new 73 ft head helps to achieve great line speed and the reduced running line diameter over the last 25 ft improves line shoot when pushing for maximum distance.

Our relatively short belly and front taper produces a line that will load a rod well at short range for “off the tip” casts, yet our long rear taper allows huge lengths of line to be aerialised under control.

The Barrio GT125 excels at distance and provides a real alternative to other top end distance lines currently on the market, but with one real difference …. it is a superb fishing line!

Barrio GT125 Weight Forward Profile
(front taper & tip: 10 ft) (belly: 22 ft) (rear taper: 41 ft) (running line: 52 ft)

the making of a fly line

and who would have thunked that some of the best fly lines in the world where made this way ?

hand-rolled in the back shed of the Haddo Fishery somewhere in Scotland, do yourself a favour and check out my buddy Mike Barrio’s site for a nice selection of fly lines at the very unusual prices…

19 £ to 24 £ including shipping to your door anywhere in the world.
yup, no typos there.
(at the time of this writing that’s 22 € / 28 € and 29$ / 37 $)
yup, no typos there either.