I have been fly fishing with my dad for a number of years but recently I went on my own and hit quite the stumbling block... I didn't know how to set the kit properly, normally I drive the boat while my dad sets up the rods, and as much as I try to watch what he is doing I also have to not crash the boat. The main issue I had was setting up the line.
I have a reel which has a loop on the end of the fly line (floating line) and I was unsure how to connect that to a leader, and the leader to the tippet. I already know how to attach the fly to the tippet (I use a tucked blood knot).
What I would like to know is:
How do I attach a leader line to a fly line that has a looped end? (What knot do I use?)
How do I attach the leader line to the tippet line? (What knot do I use?)
How long should the leader and tippet lines be?
How strong should the tippet and leader lines be?
I am targeting 0.5-2 kilo brown trout in natural rivers & lakes, trout have good sight & the water is very clear in the Swedish mountains so I like to keep it as thin & hard to see as possible. Likewise the knots should be neat and small, in my experience big lumpy knots will deter the fish & make casting more problematic.