Tackle Preparation

Written by: Paul Procter

Tackle Preparation
Come the New Year, our thoughts often turn to the season ahead and of course our fishing equipment. Regardless of whether you dabble with grayling during the colder months or not, it’s best to give your equipment the once over prior to a new season.

Inspect rod rings
Fashioned from hard wearing titanium with the ability to recoil into their original shape the snake rings found on Orvis Helios rods are pretty much indestructible these days.

Nevertheless this doesn’t prevent dirt from accumulating around the base of intermediate rod rings. Given this, it’s vital we regularly inspect our rod rings with a view to keeping them clean.

Excessive grim can be removed using an old tooth brush. Furthermore, it’s best to give the whole blank a once over using a damp cloth to remove any dirt which might have gathered along its length.

Wax rod ferrules
Due to developments in rod design, multi piece (4 sections) outfits are all the rage these days. Whilst their action and casting performance cannot be faulted, it does mean we have extra junctions along a blank now that in turn increases the likelihood of sections working loose during casting. In turn this can cause breakages and is obviously best avoided. Ferrule wax applied to the male joints of a rod ensures they bind together more securely and consequently, separate more readily too. Joints needn’t be waxed for every outing, but once every few months should suffice.

Cleaning a Fly Line:
Over time, fine particles of dirt, grit and slime builds up on our fly lines that ultimately affects their performance like shooting line when casting, or in the case of a floating line, rendering it less buoyant. Such foreign bodies also accelerate wear to shorten the expectance of our precious fly lines! Obviously then, it’s essential we take good care of a fly line.

In an ideal World, your line should be run through a cloth after every outing as still damp, any dirt will is easily be removed. This however takes discipline that in truth is beyond most of us, including myself! The next best thing is to soak a line in tepid water with a weak solution of detergent (washing up liquid). After 30 minutes or so, run the line through a dry cloth to remove any dirt. Having let it dry, give the line a quick stretch before winding back onto your reel. Carried every couple of months this small chore significantly increases the life of any fly line.


About Paul: Life long Orvis supporter, AAPGAI Master Instructor, Orvis Endorsed Guide and Wild Trout Trust vice president, Paul Procter is a dedicated flyfisher with over 40 years experience under his belt. Aside from being a regular on the Orvis Blog, Paul is a leading contributor to Trout & Salmon, Trout Fishermen and the Fieldsports Magazine. Travelling extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Southern Hemisphere, Paul has gained extensive knowledge in both fresh and saltwater disciplines. His abiding love though is to target large wild brown trout using dry fly techniques.

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