FAQ'S

Line Advice

Unfortunately due to volume of customers, we can't answer questions about lines for specific rods. The FAQ's below will answer yopur questions.

Match the line weight to the rod rating. For instance, if you have a 7 weight rod get a 7 weight line. If the rod has 2 numbers on it (6/7 for instance) then match it with the heavier number, 7 in this case. If it's rated 7/8, get an 8 weight line and so on.

Please read this to understand modern fly line design tapers and weight placement:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/blogs/news/5-problems-with-fly-line-design-and-the-broken-aftm-system

Simply match the rod rating to the weight of our lines and they will match. You can find the weights for all our lines on all fly line pages under ALL FLY LINE WEIGHTS (TAPERS AND SPECS)

The best floating line for beginners we make is the competition float line because it has an all round head length suitable for small lakes, big lakes and rivers.

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/competition-float-2020-with-overhang-marker

If you have only a little back casting space then you are better with the Short Head because it loads the rod quicker and shoots further.

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/short-head

Both lines feature the overhang marker which is a visual aid that helps beginners and experts alike to make consistently good casts. You can see the overhang marker in action here;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/pages/what-is-the-overhang-marker?_pos=1&_sid=34fe08f40&_ss=rhttps://youtu.be/md65RQwO5ZA

If you feel you don't need a visual casting aid then get the lower cost Proline here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/proline-float

The most used sinking lines are intermediates, however we make sinking lines all the way down to fast sink and you can find those here;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/sinking-fly-lines

On all our fly line pages you will see the recommended leader and tippet combinations for each line. Simply choose what tippet breaking strain you want to fish with and we have matched the correct leader for that breaking strain. They can be found in checkboxes underneath the add to cart button.

You can find all lines with overhang markers here;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines-with-overhang-markers

The number 1 fault we see when teaching is when people slip line into their false casts, lengthening line each time until they have too much line in the air to handle. They think that by increasing the amount of line in the air before you make the final cast, you will get further. This is rarely the case.

The real solution is to have the optimal amount of overhang before you make the final cast.

To start, try using the overhang marker just out of the rod tip, if the cast doesn't work, bring some line in and bring the overhang marker to your hand. Keep trying different positions of the overhang marker until the cast works.

We made a 1 hour livestream on the topic here

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=842238719878928

If you need more instruction we recommend joining the Video tutorial series we provide here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/masterclass

The Competition 2020 is the best line we make for general purpose Lake fishing. Good for buzzers, dries, lures etc. You can read more here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/competition-float-2020-with-overhang-marker

Another great line for buzzers and dries, including nymphs and lures is the Proline here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/proline-float

The Proline is only 1 colour, The Competition 202 has an overhang marker to aid casting. Both lines feature the same weight and head lengths.

If you want to Euro Nymph then get the World Nymph. Understand that the World Nymph is used on rods up to 4 weight and is not intended to be overhead cast. You can find the line here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/world-nymph

We have 2 main micro thin floating lines. The JL Dry Fly and the SC Dry Fly. The JL is used for longer casts on larger rivers. The SC is used for short casts on smaller rivers. If your rod is 9' long then choose based on what fishing you intend to do.

For rods 9' and longer get the Jeremy Lucas Dry Fly. It has the correct head length for that rod. If your rod is in fact 9' exactly, you can still use this line. Here is the JL Dry Fly:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/jeremy-lucas-dry-fly

For rods 9' and shorter get the Stuart Crofts Dry Fly. It has the correct head length for that rod. If your rod is in fact 9' exactly, you can still use this line. Here is the SC Dry Fly:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/stuart-crofts-dry-fly

For general purpose floating line use for any length of rod, get the Proline here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-lines/products/proline-float

You can find all our floating lines here; https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/floating-fly-lines

Yes we do. They are all density compensated which means they sink level, not in an arc underwater. It means your flies are in the zone for a longer time. All our sinking lines feature the overhang marker which you can read more about here:

WHAT IS THE OVERHANG MARKER?

The number 1 fault we see when teaching is when people slip line into their false casts, lengthening line each time until they have too much line in the air to handle. They think that by increasing the amount of line in the air before you make the final cast, you will get further. This is rarely the case. The real solution is to have the optimal amount of overhang before you make the final cast.

WHAT IS OVERHANG?

Overhang is the amount of thin running line you have out of the rod tip before you release the vcast. The thinner running line can't manage to keep the thicker head or belly of the line in the air for long, and extending too much thin overhang makes the cast collapse. Knowing how much thin overhang each line can manage is critical. Professional casters can feel that amount instinctively. Most casters cannot.

The overhang marker is a vividly coloured section of line in between the head and the running line which tells the caster exactly how much overhang each lin can manages before you reach the maximum overhang. It's at this moment that, if you release the cast, huge distances are achieved. Knowing when . to release the final cast is the number 1 technique you need to make consistently good casts.

The overhang marke is the World's first visual aid built into a fly line to tell the caster exactly how much line to have in the air before they make the final cast.

You can find all our sinking lines here; https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/sinking-fly-lines

All our line work in warm water to approximately 30 degrees Celsius. All our lines work in cold saltwater, we will have a full range of tropical saltwater lines available in 2020. The best way to learn about new products is to subscribe to our newsletter here is a link; https://www.subscribepage.com/z3f0k2

Yes, we do, you can find them here;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/predator-fly-lines

You can find all our coastal lines here: https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/coastal-lines

Yes, all our lines come with welded loops. We make the Worl'd smallest welded loops which reduces the rattle in rod rings and presents leaders best. They are exposed core loops making them supple, strong loops.

Before every fishing session apply Lineslik. At the end of the season wipe the line with a damp cloth on the entire length then apply lineslik;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/lineslik

Yes, even on sinking lines and use lineslik on the running line. Lineslik reduces friction in the guides and keeps the line in good condition when stored. On all floating line use Lineslik on the entirety of the line including the head. Here is a link to it; https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/lineslik

European nymphing uses a level line to lob nymphs. You do not overhead cast when European nymphing. Our dedicated European line is the world nymph used by many competitors in world championship events, here is a link; https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/world-nymph?_pos=2&_sid=7887474d0&_ss=r

For French leader style nymphing with spiders and nymphs where you need to overhead cast use the Jeremy Lucas dry fly line which has a delicate long front taper perfect for nymphs and dries. Here is a link; https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/jeremy-lucas-dry-fly?_pos=1&_sid=0b399f109&_ss=r 

For American style indicating nymphing with rods 4 weight and up use the short head line. It has a more powerful front taper to turn over bobbers. Here is a link; https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/short-head?_pos=1&_sid=681355d95&_ss=r

All our lines come with welded loops on the front and the back. You attach your backing to the reel arbour knot here is a link to that tutorial;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcoAF_jspGo

You attach backing to the fly line via a grinner knot, here is the tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-mK-BmdBhw&feature=emb_title

You attach leader to the fly line with either a perfection loop here is a tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYAPQDDmKs4 or a grinner knot.

You attach your tippet to your leader via a water knot here is a tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi-SMeGQW7M&feature=emb_title

Rod Advice

Depending on your situation, most people use a 10 foot 7 weight for still waters. However, we encourage you to fish lighter.

We use the whole range of Microlite rods for stillwater fishing. Our favourites are 10' #4, 10' #5 and 10'6" #3. You can use the 5 weight for sunk lines, the 4 weight for all round work and the 3 weight for long distance dries and nymphs. We use the 10' #2 for dries on stillwaters.

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-rods

A good start for lakes and rivers is a 9 foot rod. European nymphing rods are all over 9 feet long to reach over currents and to control drifts of nymphs. Smaller rivers and still waters mean you can use rods under 9 feet long. We use the 2-3 weights for dries and nymphs on rivers.

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-rods

Depending on your situation the most popular first time rod is a 9 foot 4 weight which you can find here;

https://sunrayflyfish.com/collections/fly-rods/products/fly-fishing-rod-light-line-microlite-sunray

Yes, our PIke rods in 8 and 9 weight arrive in June 2020.

Reels, leaders & tippet advice

A good starting point to understand leader and tippet construction is this short tutorial video:

https://youtu.be/0nRbFSMQ2WM

On all our fly line pages you will see the recommended leader and tippet combinations for each line. Simply choose what tippet breaking strain you want to fish with and we have matched the correct leader for that breaking strain. They can be found in checkboxes underneath the add to cart button.

This shhort tutorial video shows 4 different basic knots you would benefioet from learning:

https://youtu.be/88rVtrbptkA

Most reels will take 50 yards of backing. We sell micro thin dacron backing here:

https://sunrayflyfish.com/products/fly-line-backing