Mending in fly fishing is a technique used to manipulate the current of a river or stream, creating a more natural presentation of the fly. It is important to understand how to mend in order to become a more successful angler.
Mending is one of the most important and often overlooked techniques for any angler. It is used to adjust the speed and direction of the line and leader in order to help get the fly into the strike zone. By mending, you can also reduce drag on your presentation and make it look more realistic.
The key to proper mending is understanding how water moves in different types of currents. Some areas have fast moving water, while others have slower, deeper pools.
Knowing how these currents interact with each other helps you determine where and when to mend. You can also use mending techniques to control your drift when wading in shallow water or Targeting certain species of fish.
To mend your line, you need to use your rod tip while simultaneously moving your rod downstream toward the Target area or back upstream if needed. This allows you to manipulate the current so that it takes your fly in a more natural way rather than being dragged along by its weight or fighting against it with an unnatural presentation. Proper mending technique will help you present your fly on Target and can be used for both casting and drifting presentations alike.
Mending can be tricky at first but with practice, it will become second nature once you learn how different currents interact with each other and how they affect the speed and direction of your line and leader. With patience and practice, any angler can learn how to effectively mend their line for better success on the water!
In conclusion, mending is an essential technique for any angler looking for success on the water whether they are fishing from shore or wading in shallow water. By understanding how different currents interact with each other, anglers can learn how to manipulate them using proper mending techniques so that their flies get into the strike zone without drag or unnatural presentations that could spook fish away!