Fly Line Tapers
by Jen Ripple
In this edition’s Firming Your Foundation, we are going to talk about line weights. Now, remember this is a brief overview, and by no means a comprehensive package. For the sake of time and sanity, we will be talking about weight forward, double taper and shooting heads. For the most part, the name of the line already explains a bit about it, but just to firm your foundation a bit more, we will go into detail below.
As the name suggests, the weight forward (WF) line is a line that has extra weight added to the beginning of the line making it heavier for about the first 30 feet. We love the weight forward since it makes it easier to cast farther, is easier to cast on windy days and makes a better presentation when chucking heavy flies. You would use WF lines when fishing for anything that swims.