Float And Fly Technique?
Posted August 21 2011 - 09:20 PM
Posted August 22 2011 - 06:42 AM
One of the main things with this technique is understanding your bobber and how it reacts. Obviously if the bobber goes underwater, you need to jerk and set the hook. However, a lot of the bites I get are lift bites. The bobber will just turn over on it's side. This happens when a fish bites it and comes up in the water column instead of taking it down. Adjusting your leader length will also play a big part in how many fish you catch. Sometimes it can be as simple as just making your leader as long as the depth as the fish you are seeing on the graph, and other days nothing seems to work. I use as short as 8' and have fished as long as a 16' leader but usually stay between 10 and 12'. If you're not graphing any fish, try changing your leader every 20-30 minutes if you are not catching anything until you find out where that magic depth is that puts the bait right in their face.
My suggestion to anyone that is learning how to float n fly fish is this:start out by using flies that you can buy, but ulimately start tying your own. It's not that hard(much easier than a tiny trout fly), not very expensive, and you can match the hatch and water clarity on your lake a lot better than flies that were tied for other lakes. I actually use a mixture of craft hair and feathers most of the time. I tie the craft hair first then duck feathers on top to make it look like light reflecting off a shad's scales.
I think you will enjoy the float n fly. My dad showed it to me and several other people about 5 years ago and now all of us look forward to Decemeber and January, more so than any other month of the year. I have yet to find anyone that doesn't like the technique if they have been using it properly. Now for some, it does take a year or two to figure it out, but if you have a good teacher, it shouldn't take more than a few trips to get the hang of it. Just have patience and only take that rod with you. I used to try to fish it and a spoon at the same time and learned real quick that I missed too many bites on the fly and didn't get enough on the spoon! Best of luck to you.
Posted August 22 2011 - 10:58 AM
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Posted August 22 2011 - 02:46 PM
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