sunflower wrote: »
OK, now you are just being adorable.
So, you flew 2000 miles for a chance to catch a tarpon. You have thousands of dollars in time, tackle, air flight, hotel rooms, and guide services. You have dreamed of this moment for the past year. If you are lucky, you will make 20 casts to a tarpon today, 3 of which are good enough to have an actual shot at hooking a fish. You are going to stretch your line because if you stretch it out at the beginning of the day it will cast further/ better, and you just might get those 5 extra feet that is going to make a difference between the fish of your lifetime, and despair as a fish swims past your too-short cast. You are going to stretch it out so that, when you go to make that cast of a lifetime, it doesn't wrap around the strap on your sandals (which you shouldn't be wearing anyway) and bind up your cast before you even get a chance. You are going to stretch it out so that after you hook that lifetime fish, it doesn't break off in the first 20 feet as a coil wraps around your snake guide and breaks the leader.
You are going to stretch it out because fly lines, left on the spool, retain "memory" and want to wrap around things and cast poorly. EVERY TIME! The worst things they can wrap around, at the worst time. Every fly line gets a little demonic possession as the last step in the factory before it is sent out the door to plague you.
How do you stretch it? ... use the telephone pole on the bow of the flats boat. ... NOT!
Here's how: first thing in the morning, you are going to get on the bow and start stripping line off the reel onto the deck. Every 6 feet, you are going to step on the line with your bare foot, and stretch that six feet up very hard with a hand on each end of the segment like pulling a shoelace tight. You can do it pretty hard. You will do this every 6 feet until you have about as much line as you can cast on the deck. Then, cast the line out in a false cast and strip it back on the deck so it isn't "upside-down" (the end of the line on the bottom of the pile) like it comes out when you strip it out.
HERE COMES THE FIRST ONE NOW!