Classic Pro Tip: How to Rig Your Rod to Move to a New Fishing Spot

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to rig your rod when you want to move to a new fishing spot. Walking through the woods with a fly rod can be a dangerous proposition, and more than a few tips get broken this way.

The best way to rig the rod keeps your tippet from crimping, keeps the line-to-leader connection from getting stuck in the tip top, and lets you get back to fishing as quickly as possible. Good luck!

4 thoughts on “Classic Pro Tip: How to Rig Your Rod to Move to a New Fishing Spot”

  1. Great tip for all anglers. I rig up that way and add additional steps when transporting in a vehicle for long distances, especially in a truck. I take the leader that is between the real and the tiptop and wrap it around the first stripping guide exactly three times. It’s a bundle line of sorts. That keeps stacks of rods from gambling and helps to keep the loop from coming off the reel. When ready to fish simply unwrap the leader in the opposite direction. The trick is to make sure you have a little slack in the set up you demonstrated to keep from bending the rod. Also, when unwrapping the leader, be sure to pick out the thickest part of the leader or you will make a mess.

  2. Good stuff! Thanks Peter. I’m constantly telling anglers, even old veterans, to walk with their rod pointing behind them. I’ve seen days ruined by someone stubbing a tip into the ground in front of them.

  3. Great tip !!! Thanks as alway’s How ? And what do you recommend for braking the rod down or in half to put behind the seat or to set in a camper to travel to next spot ? without putting it totally away ?

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