Re: Fishing Crease flies subsurface?

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Posted by Marcus S on 2011-08-03 11:30:18 in reply to Fishing Crease flies subsurface? posted by Richard on 2011-08-03 11:08:09

Fishing a floating fly on a sinking line is deadly and allows extremely precise depth and speed control. It is the opposite of a floating line/indicator type rig, but equally effective and staying in a depth zone.

I use a slightly buoyant/neutrally buoyant fly regularly in the delta for winter striper fishing, so I can let my line hit the bottom then have the fly very slowly fall and hover right down the edge where the fish are holding. It is great for triggering inactive fish when you know you are putting it right in them.

That said it is very inefficient to sink a floating fly down very deep, you'd be better off with a heavy fly that sinks faster than your fly line, with a longer than normal leader to really let it get down. This also pulls the front of the fly line down, reducing drag and making it sink even faster. It is amazing how much faster a sinking fly line sinks when oriented vertically vs. horizontally as in a normal pretty fly cast that lays out nicely.

I have been fishing with a UK tournament fly angler a few times a year, and he has shown me alot of sinking line with boobies (basically a woolly bugger with foam eyes that floats), for fishing VERY SLOW (figure 8 crawling retrieve) with the line laying on the bottom, and the fly (or series of flies) riding up from the bottom. What's interesting is that the fly doesn't float straight up, it tracks well back from the fly line and rides just off the bottom, even with a 20' leader. If you strip too fast you'll actually plow the booby into the bottom.

You want the fly to float, but not too much... I wouldn't recommend using a topwater fly, rather tie something that incorporates just enough foam to barely float the hook and material. A flourocarbon leader helps to pull an excessively buoyant fly down more and hold it down.

When trying to get deeper than 25' though I would lean towards everything sinking as fast as possible to maximize time in the strike zone, particularly if there is current or the boat is drifting.


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