If you mostly fish dry fly, then use the Jeremy Lucas Dry Fly #2. You can also French leader, short / long range dry fly and Czech nymph with it.
If you mostly nymph then use the World Nymph. Designed for World competitors, it's a micro thin, coated level line that gives the most direct path to your sub surface flies.
If you mostly fish dry fly, then use Straight 'n' Soft tapered leaders. They are the only leaders on the market that don't coil. They aren't shiny and they lay dead straight. They are a dull matt grey colour at the butt section and clear at the front.
Typical dry fly setup
2 turn water knot
2' 0.12mm tippet with sz 18 dries
If you mostly nymph then use Hybrid. Designed for World competitors, it's fluorocarbon coated mono that doesn't get weaker when wet. Wet knot strength is the variable competitors look for.
Typical nymph setup
Needle knot to fly line or grinner knot to fly line loop
8' 0.14mm Hybrid tippet
3 turn water knot to top dropper
4" dropper 18" from the point
0.12mm Hybrid tippet to sz 14 spider
Point fly sz 12 weighted bug
- In Denmark we fish for Sea Trout almost everywhere along the coast, in brackish water and in the streams. However, I like brown trout and grayling. Because Denmark is a salmon and seatrout fixated country, with room to spare for the odd trip for pike, a 4 weight is considered a very light rod by many and my gear used to consist of 4-5 weights between 8'6'' and 9'6''.
Since I started using the JL 2 rod everything has changed for me. The JL helps me present the fly far better in a plethora of situations. Using dries, nymphs, buzzers, and even some wet flies in varying settings has improved as the rod has gradually opened my mind to new tactics and approaches to presentation. I love the deep action of the blank which allows me to adapt my casting to whatever the situation calls for, and the reach, which is quintessential to me now, helps me work over and beyond dense bank vegetation and, in addition, control where I want my line to land e.g. to avoid faster currents pulling the line when fishing upstream, etc.
Combined with the JL line, this rod is capable of insanely delicate presentations compared to my old gear, and I get takes that I otherwise would never have gotten. Hundreds, if not a 1000+ of sea trout around 3lb are caught every day in Denmark. I catch them on my Volition JL. But what is so special about this is that I fish far, far up a tributary where the river is sometimes around 1 meter wide and packed with vegetation. I use the Volition Jl, sz 16 Perdigon on 0.10 Hybrid tippet. Getting the take alone seems unlikely, but also netting these fish is something else. The tippet protection of the JL and calm control it lends me is surprising.