Now that the majority of Tasmanian trout waters have closed, our attention turns to gear maintenance, tying and promotional opportunities.
Backing normally doesn’t need much attention, but I run off to the spool, check the anchoring knot and then rewind evenly making sure all is OK as I go.
Check for wear and damage, cracks in the outer coating, etc, and if there is any damage (cracks) this will detract from performance and in the case of floating lines allow sections to sink.
In cases where cracks are deep and or regular, replace with a new line if a Weight Forward. If Double Taper check whole line and if backing half is still fine it can be reversed.
Check join to fly line. Depending on join style or knot, ensure no cracks or casing breaks in the fly line at this point — if so rejoin.
Check for wind knots (you should be doing this regularly when fishing) and if any there, replace with new section or whole tapered leader.
Check runners, bindings and reel seat for damage. Carefully inspect each section for wear and tear, ie, minor fractures if weighted nymphs have hit rod, or had any knocks on the gear. Tip sections are especially susceptible to this sort of injury.
Off season is a good time to thoroughly inspect, dry, clean and repair waders and wading boots. Check out the new Aquaz wading boots if you want to upgrade.
If you would like any help, prices on new equipment, etc, we can look after you with the range of quality and value Pro Angler gear.