T A C K L E F O R J U N G L E P O O N S
RODS AND REELS: With a very real possibility of hooking world record size fish the tackle must be top notch. We recommend 11 or 12 weight rods from brands that really know how to built rods that not only cast well but also has plenty of lifting power in the butt section; Scott. Hardy, SAGE, G.Loomis etc.
Our preferred rod is an 11 or 12 weight, or a combination of the two. We like having two set ups, one with an intermediate line and one with a fast sinking.
Regarding reels, any high quality large arbor reel with a good drag system and at least 200 yards of backing will do it.
FLY LINES should be saltwater models with high breaking strength in intermediate and fast sinking models. For sinking lines we recommend RIO’s Leviathan Sink Tip in 400 grains (11 weight) or 500 grains (12 weight) and for intermediate lines Scientific Angler’s SONAR Titan Big Water Taper (with 100 lbs monofilament core).
LEADERS: Most of our clients don’t fish IGFA-legal leaders. The fish are big, some spots are deep and sometimes there’s current too. Being able to pull as hard as the fly rod (and angler!) withstands shortens fight-time considerably.
The bite tippet should be around 1,0 mm (approx. 125 lbs) fluorocarbon. Seaguar’s flourocarbon is the best we have tried so far. Whether you prefer some two to three feet of bite tippet and then incorporating a shock tippet of 40-60 lbs line, or you fish the heavy 125 lbs line straight through is a matter of taste. On the intermediate lines we usually start with around 11 feet of 125 lbs straight through. After a fish fight we cut of the part that might have been damaged so after enough fish– or fly changes – the leader is too short (7-8 feet) and we change it and use the now much shorter leader on the fast sinking lines.
Since it’s nice to be able to finish off a hard fight with the leader well into the guides we like to avoid any knots on the leader. We just double the line, squeeze it flat in a couple of spots and wrap it really hard with tying thread by swinging the bobbin around the leader, making a strong loop that we can connect loop-to-loop with the fly line. After having wrapped the doubled line for about 5 centimetres (2 inches) we use superglue to secure it. The loop passes easily through the rod’s guides.