Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Running Line tricks for Shooting Head Flylines

Shooting Head flylines have been around for many years and are regarded as the staple line for serious saltwater flyfishermen, whether they are fishing off the rocks, beach or out in a boat. I assume that if you are reading this, then you already know what a shooting head flyline is used for.

The basic configuration of a shooting head flyline is shown below:

The head section is the flyline component of the shooting head system. The part we will be focusing on is the running line, which connects the head section to the backing on the fly reel. The running line is used as something of a 'step-down' link between the heavy head section and the limp, lightweight backing. If you tried to bypass the running line and link the backing directly to the head section, you would find that the limpness of the backing would create a lot of tangling problems when combined with the high line speed of the head section.>

Running line is most readily available as hollow, braided monofilament, in either floating or sinking variations. While this is reasonably limp, it's thickness and extra weight when compared to gelspun or dacron-type backing make the braided mono a bit more user friendly, and less prone to tangling during the cast. Despite this, Murphy's Law dictates that if it can tangle, it will tangle, usually when a long cast is needed or when a fish has decided to hit the accelerator and head for NZ with 10m of running line still at your feet.



The easiest way to connect the running line