How Do I Stop Drag Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a great outdoor hobby that can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy nature while also learning a skill.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to learn and practice the techniques of fly fishing without making mistakes. One of the most common errors is “drag,” which is when the line of the fly moves too quickly across the water and prevents the fish from seeing or biting it. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks you can use to help reduce your drag fly fishing.

Choose Your Fly Wisely

When choosing your fly, be sure to select one that will move slowly through the water. This will help reduce drag because it won’t move as quickly across the surface of the water. You should also make sure you’re using a fly that has plenty of hackles or feathers on it to give it more surface area so that it won’t sink too quickly.

Practice Good Cast Form

Proper casting form helps ensure that your line isn’t moving too quickly across the water. Make sure your casting motion is smooth and consistent, with a slow back-and-forth motion rather than a quick jerk of your wrist or arm. Also, make sure you’re not putting too much power into your cast as this can cause your line to move faster than necessary.

Use an Unweighted Line

A weighted line will create more drag as it moves through the water, so try using an unweighted line for best results. Not only will this reduce drag but it will also allow you to have more control over where your fly lands in relation to where you want it.

Start Close

It’s important to start close when practicing drag fly fishing because this will give you more control over how fast or slow your line is moving across the water’s surface. Start with small casts until you get comfortable with controlling the speed of your line, then gradually increase distance as you become more proficient.


Drag while fly fishing can be frustrating but with some practice and proper technique, you can minimize its effects and improve your overall success rate. By choosing an appropriate fly, practicing good casting form, using an unweighted line, and starting close when learning new techniques, you’ll soon find yourself mastering drag free fly fishing in no time!

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Lindsay Collins