Today we’re starting a mini-series of posts on mending your fly line. We’re starting at the very beginning, a very good place to start, with a simple explanation of what mending is all about. More mending advice to come!
Thanks to Chris Price, our manager at Chile West, for even more great fly fishing tips.
What does “mend” mean? Well… let’s put ourselves in a fishing situation, so it has nothing to do with sewing.
The term “mend” or “mending” is simply the act of moving the fly line during the drift, to create a specific presentation of the fly to the fish.
With that said, mending the fly line will have an effect on how the fly rides in the water. Learning when, where, how to mend and what the mend does for the presentation of the fly are all keys to becoming a successful fly fisher.
Standing alongside an experienced angler (a great guide, maybe?) who talks you through when and how to mend is one of the best ways to learn. Mending expertise doesn’t come overnight, but a little time on the water with someone knowledgeable is a great start.