The differences between Polyleaders and Sink Tips

some really good, simple and easily understandable info that should alleviate any confusions about these two beasties from Peter Charles.

the video says it all but i’ll add a few words on the noteworthy stuff first:
– first and foremost, keep in mind that Polyleaders are a ‘standard leader’ substitute and go on the front of fly lines made for ‘standard leaders’ whereas sink tips and their inherent weight are an integral part of fly lines made specifically for the use of sink tips.
in other words, sink tips are not part of the leader even if they’re commonly used and directly connected to the fly with a short section of tippet.
–  what Peter means by ‘turnover force’ is simply the diameter or weight/mass of the fly line’s end or the tip/main body joining end in the case of lines made for sink tips.
to make that simpler (i hope !), a long and thin end such as found on ‘standard’ fly lines is too thin and light to transfer enough energy to a heavier and thicker tip. add to that a big and/or heavy fly and its easy to understand it won’t turn over at the end of the cast and if it does it will be a big sloppy, unpredictable mess. at best.
– although we’re only showed Airflo products, most other brands will be more or less the same. just be sure to check the tech specs on the package and even better yet, as products info is more detailed there, check out the company’s website to find what suits your needs.
– lastly, most won’t be using aerial casts with sink tip lines as they’re made for Spey casting and shine there but Polyleaders of any density are equally at home with both aerials and Speys.

‘nough said, enjoy !

Landing Fish by yourself with a Double-Handed Rod

by Peter Charles via hooked4lifeca

nice, simple, in control throughout the whole process and a billion times better than beaching the fish downstream (read dragging the poor thing onto the shore).
this is a very effective way to land your fish smoothly while reducing stress to the angler and more importantly to the fish.
note that while the video is intended for long double-hand rods this method is equally effective for rods of all lengths and single-hand fishing. although not ‘fashionable’ in the double-hand world, we’ll also notice that this manner enables the use of a large wading-style net which is in my opinion always the better option on all levels for the fish and the angler.

“If he bolts, let him go and just repeat it all over again”. (twice the fun !) 😉

No left, No right – Fly casting with the non-dominant hand

via hooked4lifeca, casts performed by Peter Charles

here’s a very nice casting drill to learn to cast with the non-dominant hand.
although not the ultimate solution for every caster, i particularly like the idea of trying to remove the thinking process as the “Now let’s see, what should i be doing with this dumb arm ?” can very often build up a wall when the idea is to tear it away.
indeed, unless a person has reduced motor capabilities, i’m firmly convinced that most anglers can cast just as well with either hand once they’ve realized that it’s just a mind-frame that’s holding them back. sure, anything’s possible but i’ve never heard of someone sticking a fork into their eye or ear when eating with the non-dominant hand !

primarily geared towards the double-hand rod and being comfortable in interchanging the top hand from the ‘usual’, this drill is equally effective for the single-hand rod user as rolls and speys are a very good way (if not the best, imo) to learn the fundamentals of fly casting.
note that the drill increases in speed, further reducing the time to include confusing thoughts…

“Learning to cast with our non-dominant hand up can be a real challenge. I’ve found that trying to think our way through the cast, rather than just letting it go, causes much of the problem. This drill is designed to build muscle memory and making the non-dominant hand up cast, automatic.
The video was shot in a howling wind from an awkward casting position, which created some challenges, but it serves to show that the drill can be done anywhere a Spey cast can be made.”

if your interested in increasing your non-dominant hand’s capabilities, apart from pantomiming the moves or using just a rod butt section at home or work, here’s a few more non-casting activities to keep you busy (or amused !)
– brushing your teeth or any other bathroom activities. :mrgreen:
– using your computer mouse or trackpad.
– throwing and catching a ball.
– use your imagination to add to the list and if you’re really curious and want to find out which actions you automatically do with your dominant hand (we tend to take these things for granted or rather, thoughtlessly as they’ve become automatic through repetition)  you could always wear a boxing glove or oven mitt around the house for a while…