6 thoughts on “Can you use normal fishing line as backing for your fly fishing pole? please name helpful hints on fly fishing

  1. Mono and flyline backing are of different diameter, and flyline backing is usually dacron. I would spend the extra couple of dollars and get the dacron backing. Here’s why:

    When mono stays “fixed” on a spool for an extended period of time it will develop a memory (i.e. coils) and will not retain its breaking stregnth.

    Another reason to go with the dacron backing is that you are not going to get a smooth transition from your flyline to your backing with mono. When that fish of a lifetime hits do you really want to chance a clunky knot trying to slither through your snake guides ? Add that to the fact fly rod guides aren’t really made for mono and you could risk damaging them.

    To me, it’s just not worth trying to save a couple of dollars.

    If you are new to fly fishing, some of the “must have” flies are as follows:

    1) Adams dry (Mayfly imitation)
    2) Henryville Special (Cddis imitation)
    3) Black beadhead Wooly Booger
    4) Pheasant-tail Nymph

    Arm yourself with these flys and you’ll catch stocked trout.

    Fish the Henryville and the Adams casting upstream and across using a 9 ft tapered leader to 5x tippet, when the fly starts to “drag”, lift and cast again.

    Fish the Wooly Booger and the Pheasant Tail casting down and across and swinnging them in the current.
    Retrieve the Booger using moderate fast strips of the line and retrieve the Pheasant tail very slowly.

  2. Yup’, that ya’ can. As for some tips on Fly fishin’, there be an individual on Answers who goes by the profile name of AIR FLOW ~ sit tight and he’ll straighten ya’ out ;)… < ' (( ( > < Oop’s, look like pheasant gave ya’ some good info., already. The two of them know all the all’s there is ta’ know bout’ Fly fishin’, so still sit tight! Am sure you’ll be gettin’ some more ;) ;)…

  3. Looks like pheasant tail has nailed this one already but i will see if i can help ya out, as pheasanttail has already said its not the best option to use standard mono-filament as backing, but if you don’t have that much cash (basic backing isn’t expensive) then you can use monofilament, but it does coil up on the spool and when you get a good stocked fish you can be in with problems of tangling, i do know a few anglers who do use it such as sunset ammnesia as backing because of its low memory but i wouldnt advise it. I use gel-spun backing, very light,strong and you get lots on the spool if you know your fighting hard fish such as stocked rainbows and steelhead etc, but general dacron is fine for every day use,

    For the other end of you flyline i recommend a braided loop for quick leader attachement (loop to loop connection)

    for leaders/tippets go with a quality brand such as rio or airflo g3 this fluorocabon is invisible in water and helps you fish lures such as the woolly bugger, dont use it on dries or it will sink them
    gel spun backing

    Other items you might want to consider to help you out are gink floatant(keeps your dry flies floating)

    Other sites to help you out on the general flyfishing is

    (dont let the name put you off it is fly fishing)


    Flies that will cover almost all fishing situations and are the most used are PTN, Woolly bugger, Montana nymph (green) dires such as the adams also work see more about flies online here
    Also compliments to fishsteelhead and all i can say is i hope this helps you out, AIRFLOW
    Oh and the last thing if youre having trouble with casting you need a weight forward line not DT, also to improve youre turnover use a tapered leader without the braided loop, then attach your tippet to that.

  4. In fly fishing, a fly and leader are attached to a heavy line (usually coated with plastic). The line is what’s actually cast, not the lure as in other forms of fishing. Unlike other casting methods, fly fishing can be thought of as a method of casting line rather than lure. Non-flyfishing methods rely on a lure’s weight to pull line from the reel during the forward motion of a cast. By design, a fly is too light to be cast, and thus simply follows the unfurling of a properly casted fly line, which is heavier and more castable than lines used in other types of fishing. The angler normally holds the flyrod in the dominant hand and manipulates the line with the other close to the reel, pulling line out in small increments as the energy in the line, generated from backward and forward motions, increases.

  5. My advice is to not use normal mono as backing. The memory can build up and that once in a lifetime chance where you will actually get into your backing may become tangled and knotted. Use a simple backing line from Scientic Anglers or a similar. Can be picked up at nearly any fly fishing shop, chain like Cabelas and ever Walmart.

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