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Why does a leader have to be tapered in fly fishing?

I will try to answer this, however i don't know the correct english terminology. The main reason for a tapered leader is the control you get over your fly. With a thick line, you flick (or roll, here ...
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Difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon?

You CAN use the fluorocarbon for tippet. In fact many high quality tippets ARE made of fluorocarbon. What you get by buying the smaller roll of tippet is portability and the ability to conveniently ...
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Fly fishing leaders braided

If by braided line you mean something like spider-wire or power-pro, they wouldn't have the backbone to turn over a fly - especially something you are likely to throw for bass. Most bass plugs are ...
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What would the basic gear for fly fishing be?

As I'm going through a minimalist phase of fishing right now, I suggest this as a functional minimum. License; Your location determines if this is actually needed. Rod Reel; Not absolutely necessary,...
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Difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon?

Yes. You can use whatever you want for the tippet. There is no fly fishing police that enforce tippet rules. Not like the police who enforce the fishing license rules, the barb-less hooks rules, or ...
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What are the feathers under the hackle in the rooster saddle?

Yes, those do look like a soft hackle of some kind. I don't know which bird, but as long as they are soft they can be useful for a number of purposes. Globalflyfisher.com has some excellent info on ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I am a fly tier and I think that I can tie any fly pattern in large sizes as well as small sizes as you suggest . The only thing that you do is to keep reducing the volume of the materials used to tie ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I've had the most success with the 12 to 16 range. A white or gold bead head chironomid with a red/gold body is my go to for the lake trout in the Pacific Northwest. It's also picked up some ...
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Any tips for landing fish on barbless hooks?

I haven't found a difference between landing percentage between barbed and barbless hooked. I kept logs of percentage of hooked fish that I landed in 2019 and changed to barbless for the last 4 ...
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Fly casting in heavy cover/growth

The bow and arrow cast is also effective, you can't cast very far but that's generally ok when there is a lot of vegetation to hide behind
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Difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon?

According to manufacturers the diameter of tippet is closely controled therefore the breaking strength can be predicted at at certain diameter say .008" = 8lb. Spinning rod line on a 110yd spool ...
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Difference between tippet and plain old mono or fluorocarbon?

The other two answers are correct. You can use plain old nylon or fluorocarbon monofilament lines and save cash (with the pitfalls mentioned by the others). Keep in mind, however, that specialised ...
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Would dry or wet flies be easier for a beginner fly fisherman?

The easiest fly fishing technique to swing a wet fly, nymph, or streamer cast downstream. All you need to do is to cast downstream and let the current take your line until the fly sinks and comes up ...
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If you are starting to tie your own fly fishing flies, what types would be the easiest to start with?

The fly patterns used in modern european nymphing are purposefully simple and effective. The philosophy behind these patterns is to suggest the shape of the insect instead of trying to perfectly match ...
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How to tie a dry fly above a wet fly when fly fishing?

It's actually quite simple. Tie the dry fly on the end like normal. Take the wet fly and tie it onto an appropriately sized length of tippet (between 13-24 inches) Tie the end of tippet with the dry ...
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What would the basic gear for fly fishing be?

The minimum gear would be, Fishing license. Fly fishing rod. Preloaded reel with both backing and leader. A small assortment of flies. Strike indicators for the wet flies. Dry fly floatant for the ...
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Is the casting technique any different when using a dry and a wet fly at the same time?

Not only is it possible, but it is a great tactic when prospecting a new stream to figure out what's working. You definitely have to modify your cast to keep the loops larger and more open, similar ...
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How should I cast to a trout lying in the tail of the pool?

Fish that hunt moving targets respond to abnormal movement, try to think of it as a kind of color blindness, they can't see your lure/fly well at all if it is moving with the current, its like it is ...
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How far away can one be when tight line nymphing?

Really you are only limited by rod length. This piece covers it a bit. One alternative for fishing those conditions would be to use a striker indicator which might not exactly be tight line nymphing, ...
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How should I cast to a trout lying in the tail of the pool?

Use the fast moving water as cover, approach from downstream and present your fly holding the rod high and keeping as much line away from the water as possible. Remember that in most cases the fish is ...
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How do I get a drag free drift when fly Fishing

Mending Upstream mend Downstream mend Stack mend Presentation Casts Reach cast Don't turn the leader over fully Tuck cast Puddle cast Snake cast Curve cast Gear Thinner leader Longer leader ...
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Technique for fly fishing into the wind?

Here are a few technique and gear modifications that can help in windy conditions. Shorter leader Tapered leader Sinking line - These lines have higher density than floating lines which helps them to ...
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Is there an optimal strike indicator color for fly fishing reflective, tumbling streams?

Darker colours of indicator like black or dark red work well and white is probably the worst colour high glare situations. An indicator made of light and dark colours can help with visibility in a ...
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If you are starting to tie your own fly fishing flies, what types would be the easiest to start with?

The easiest fly to tie is probably an egg pattern. The fly requires a hook, high tensile thread, head glue and either a marker or a small amount of flash. This fly may take ~20 minutes the first time ...
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Would dry or wet flies be easier for a beginner fly fisherman?

I suggest taking the target species, season and location into account as the deciding factors. I started with wet flies because I was targeting bass and panfish in a small inland lake during the ...
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How do fly fishing lures work?

For fly fishing, there are two types of flies, wet and dry. The wet flies are designed to sink and bitten by the fish underwater, while the dry lures are designed to sit on top and the fish will come ...
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Why does a leader have to be tapered in fly fishing?

When indicator nymphing or euro nymphing it helps to have non tapered leader under the water to reduce the drag of the faster surface currents on the leader. e.g. When indicator nymphing in 6 foot ...
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