Avoid The Bump: Tight Line Tactics

A leader connection that functions as a “smooth operator,” creates less snags and hangups, which creates better connection during a tight line presentation.

A leader connection that functions as a “smooth operator,” creates less snags and hangups, which creates better connection during a tight line presentation.

Avoid the Bump: Reduce Slack When Tight Lining

 

 

Tight line nymphing requires a “tight connection” between rod tip and nymph, and any amount of slack will delay strike detection. The “BUMP” occurs when you strip in the leader, and a knot hangs on a guide, which creates immediate slack in the system. Your goal is for a smooth retrieve, one that doesn’t create any hang-up. It only takes a short hang-up, and you’ve lost control, likely for the entire drift-GAME OVER! Tight line drifts are short, and you need to maximize every foot of drift, to “avoid the bump” and to lengthen the time you are in control of the drift. Any time a knotted connection “bumps” against a guide-you’ve lost a portion of your drift to slack, so let’s fix the problem.

 

Try to keep the line and leader connection away from the tip guide. One option is to shorten the leader length (determined by how far away you fish the rig) in order to keep the line outside the rod tip. Or use a long (and I mean LONG) leader so nothing but leader material is within the guides. The Mono-Rig. This means the use of a knotless leader section, so nothing but smooth nylon passes through the guides. If you decide to use a leader with knotted sections, at least use a UV Resin to smooth out those sections. Of course, you can only smooth out those sections at home (can’t remember the last time I had Resin and Light with me when I was standing in a river), so maybe it’s best to build your leaders before you are standing in a river?  If you do that, you can control the “bump” dilemma.  Either way, maximize your drift, avoid the “BUMP,” and regain control from start to finish. 

 

A “rough” leader to euro line knot connection, which will bump in the guides, and create a moment of disconnect.

A “rough” leader to euro line knot connection, which will bump in the guides, and create a moment of disconnect.

The same knot, but coated with Loon’s UV Resin to smooth the connection, which will slide smoothly through the guides.

The same knot, but coated with Loon’s UV Resin to smooth the connection, which will slide smoothly through the guides.