Orvis Fly Fishing
Should I Use A Sink-Tip Or Full-Sink Fly Line?
Success in fly fishing is all about opportunity. Sometimes, opportunity presents itself in the form of a caddis hatch and rising, feeding fish. That’s when you tie on a dry and go for it.
Other times, insect and fish activity isn’t obvious. That’s when you create your own opportunity. One way to do it is to tie on a streamer, go deep, and do your best trick a nice trout.
Just as there are specialized fly-fishing lines for dry flies, there are specialized lines for streamers. If you want to get serious about going below the surface, you need to familiarize yourself with these types of fly lines.
Sink-tip fly lines
As the names implies, only the front sections of these lines sink. The remainder of the line floats.
Full sink fly lines
While sink tips can get a fly down, sometimes you’ll need more umpf! to get a big streamer to the bottom of a fast-moving current or deep lake. This is when a sinking line makes most sense.
When to use them
We’ve all done it: After a day of fishing dries and nymphs off a floating line, we switch things up and tie on a streamer. But casting this big fly with a floating line is awkward. It’s also a lousy way to get it down to where the fish are, even with a string of split shot pressed on the leader.
Sink-tip and sinking fly lines can muscle big flies around and get them down to where they need to be. If you’re drift fishing and have brief shots at fishy looking spots, a sink-tip or sinking line can get your fly right down to where the fish will be. If you’re wading, these lines can keep you in the zone longer and increase the odds of success.
Most streamer-caught fish hold tight to structure on the bottom and then rise to chase the fly. With a sinking line, you can swim you flies right across the structure and directly in front of them, reducing the distance a fish has to travel to attack your fly.
Join the “in” crowd
These days, streamer fishing is more popular than ever. This has a lot to with the design of modern sink tip and sinking lines. Not too long ago, these lines were cumbersome to cast and fish.
Today, though, there are more options available to streamer fisherman. They make casting large streamers and getting them to fishy levels easier than ever. And the big trout fishermen are consistently catching as a result, proves just how effective this kind of fishing can be.
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