Lead-cored lines

There is one other type of line coming into use for fishing the deepest reservoirs and lakes—the level lead-cored line, without doubt the fastest sinker of all. This is not used for normal sunken fly fishing, but for trolling behind a boat which may be drifting, or propelled by oars or even a motor, depending upon local rules and regulations.

The purpose of the exercise is to drag the largest size of lure at a steady speed across the bottom, in the hope of attracting those very large trout which have adopted a bottom-feeding existence. It could be argued that this is not true fly fishing, being merely a minor variation on spinning tactics, but the fact is that a form of fly is being used, and so it really is a branch of fly fishing, although unorthodox.

Lead core line is offered by several leading manufacturers in 100 yard or metre spools. The American-made Trolling Line is used principally for saltwater trolling for game fish. The average cost of such a spool is between £8 and £10, which makes it an extremely cheap way of obtaining what is almost equivalent to three full fly lines.

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