- Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms
This glossary is under construction. Please bear with us as we work hard to update all of the terms we can think of.
Backing - Backing is fishing line material that is attached to the fly reel, and then the fly line is attached to the end of the backing. Backing is a line that is made from either braided Dacron or Gel Spun. The purpose of backing is to extend the amount of line you have on the reel beyond the length of the fly line. If you hook a fish, and it runs (takes of swimming) away from you, then you may run out of fly line on your reel. The backing gives the fish extra length to run. Then once the fish stops or wears out, you can start to reel it in. Backing is usually made in 20 or 30 lb tensile (breaking) strength. However, GSP (gel spun backing) usually comes in 45 or 50 lb. The advantage of gel spun backing is that it is much thinner that Dacron backing and you can therefore get more line on your reel before you attach a fly line to it. For example, 50 lb gel spun is about the same diameter as 20 lb Dracon. So you can get the same amount of backing on the reel, but with a much higher breaking strength. Alternatively, 30 lb Dacron is thicker than 20 lb Dacron and so you can’t get as much of it on the fly reel and still leave room for the fly line.
Leader - A leader is a type of fishing line that attaches to the end of the fly line. Then you can either attach the fly to the end of the leader, or attach tippet to the end of the leader, and then the fly to the end of the tippet. Leaders are usually made of nylon or fluorocarbon and are tapered - meaning they are thicker on one end than the other. The thick end attaches to the fly line. Leaders come in different lengths - ie. 7 ½’, 9’, 12’, 15’. The also come in different sizes. The size is noted as an ‘X’ rating. For example, a 5X leader means that the size of the leader at its smallest end is 5X. 5X refers to the tensile, or breaking strength, of the line.
Tenkara - Tenkara fly fishing is a type of fly fishing that originated from Japan. What makes it appealing is the simplicity of it. The only things you need to use it are a Tenkara fly rod, fly line & a fly. No reel is neccessary for this style of fishing. Another appeal is how small and compact the rods are. Typically they will compact down to 1 or 2 feet, perfect for taking it with you backpacking or even on your bike! Check out Tenkara fly fishing today and you will see why so many people are trying it.
Tippet - Tippet is a type of fishing line that attaches to the end of a leader. The leader is attached to the fly line. The size of the tippet used depends on the size of the leader being attached to. For example, if you want to extend the length of a 5X leader, then you might use 6X tippet to tie to the end of the leader. That way you are still tapering the size down. Alternatively, if you have been using a 5X leader for a while and had to cut it down as you change out flies periodically, you may want to just get the leader back to its original length. In that case you would use 5X tippet. The larger the ‘X’ size means the smaller, or lighter, the tippet. Tippet sizes range from 0X - 8X, and then pound strength ratings such as 8 lb, 10 lb, 12 lb, etc . . . Those pound ratings refer to the tensile, or breaking, strength of the line. Tippet is made from either nylon or fluorocarbon.
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