What Kind of Weights Do You Use for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a popular sport fishing activity and has become increasingly popular in recent years. It requires the angler to use specialized tackle, including rods, reels, and lines, as well as flies to catch fish.

One important piece of tackle in fly fishing is the weight used to cast the line. The type of weight used can make a big difference in the success of an angler’s fly fishing outing.

The most commonly used weights for fly fishing are split shot weights. These are small round weights that are attached to the leader or line just above the fly.

Split shot weights come in a variety of sizes and can be adjusted as needed for different conditions. They are often made from lead or tungsten and come in both round and oval shapes.

Another type of weight used for fly fishing is called a strike indicator. These are usually brightly colored foam or yarn pieces that float on the surface of the water, indicating when a fish has taken your fly. Strike indicators can also be weighted with split shot weights if necessary.

Lead core leaders or sink tip lines can also be used as weighted lines for fly fishing. Lead core leaders have an inner core made from lead which provides additional weight and sink rate to your line. Sink tip lines have a floating section at one end followed by a sinking section at the other end, allowing your flies to get down into deeper water more quickly.


Fly Fishing requires specialized tackle, including weighted rods, reels, and lines as well as flies for catching fish. The type of weight used can make a big difference in the success of an angler’s outing. Popular types of weights include split shot weights, strike indicators, lead core leaders, and sink tip lines.

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Daniel Bennet