Picking the Right Floating Line for Chironomid Fishing
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Picking the Right Floating Line for Chironomid Fishing

Fishing chironomids becomes exponentially easier with a properly tapered floating line

About nine years ago, I purchased my first high-end fly rod. I was lucky enough to get it at a good price, and couldn’t wait to bring it out on the water.

Even after falling in love with the rod after grass casting it many times, I was somewhat disappointed with its performance when it came time to fish it the first time.

I was fishing a fairly long leader of about twenty feet with an indicator and chironomid pupa. I could turn the leader, but roll casting seemed more difficult than I had anticipated.

I brought the rod into the shop the next day, and began to try it out with a few different lines. As it turned out, the line taper I had originally purchased had a much longer front taper than I needed; this line was suited more towards presenting small flies than turning long leaders, swivels and strike indicators.

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I swapped it for the original GPX taper floating line from Scientific Anglers, and saw immediate results. I could load the rod better, quicker, and roll cast long leaders with ease.

What to look for when purchasing a floating line for chironomid fishing

Floating lines that work well for chironomid fishing are often labeled as “nymph” tapers, catered towards throwing heavy presentations with ease. A fairly short, aggressively tapered line that doesn’t hold a lot of memory is ideal.

Scientific Anglers’ Titan taper, a perfect line for fishing chironomids

One could spend a thousand dollars on a new fly rod, but if it is not outfitted with the appropriate fly line you will never feel like the rod is fishing to its full potential.

Click here to download “The Chironomid Fishig Handbook: 51 Tips for Chironomid Fishing Success”

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