THE QUICK SNIP SOLUTION

Nobody escapes the wind knot.

The better the caster the high the line speed and the more dramatic the aerial macrame. As Lefty put it the double haul helps fly fishers send their casting problems further away. And in my boat at least most of those problems end up back in my lap.

Mind you I like a good line puzzle. A couple of flies, an indicator and a 10 feet of leader compressed into something about a foot long being handed over, often with a suggestion that the owner would “cut that off and start again”.

I’ll usually respond by saying I like a challenge, all the while looking for familiar patterns in the loops and twists which form every puzzle in varying degrees of complexity. Unravelling line puzzles quickly is about 60% experience and 40% attitude. Surprisingly cussing doesn’t help, I’ve tried.

Normally the best way in with a calm attitude at the fly on the very end. And here is the trick. Snip off the point fly early on. Its way easy handling 1 fly on a leader than two especially in unravelling a complex problem.

But it also amazes me how often that simple process will allow what looks like a nightmare dissolve into a clean leader, with the barest of effort. Cheers, Steve

FOR MORE ON THIS TOPIC CHECK OUT OUR HOW TO: UNTANGLING WIND KNOTS

You see all sorts of things in the middle seat. We all enjoyed the loop in Tom’s fly line to attach a leader