Boil Your Leader
You can eliminate kinks and stiffness from heavy leader material by boiling it briefly. Cut leaders to the required length, then drop them in boiling water for a few seconds. They will emerge limp and straight, without a tendency to curl. Flies and light lures will swim straighter as a result. Skim the Weeds
When flyfishing for trout in a pond or lake, use a nymph or wet fly and count how long you have to let it sink before you start pulling up weeds on your retrieve. By subtracting 5 seconds before you retrieve your next cast, you will be causing your fly to skim the weed tops. Trout often swim through weeds to dislodge insect life, then move toward the surface to catch the escaping insects. The band of water just above the weed tops is a prime feeding area.