CON­TROL­LING DEPTH

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

If us­ing a float­ing line, we can con­trol or al­ter the depth our flies will be pre­sented with a com­bi­na­tion or leader length and size/weight of our im­i­ta­tions. Where con­di­tions per­mit (a side or tail­ing wind) then longer lead­ers of some 18-20 feet with a team of three weighted nymphs will fish sur­pris­ingly deep. We can ex­plore even deeper wa­ter by in­clud­ing a polyleader boast­ing a sink­ing den­sity. Con­versely, when trout are mop­ping up as­cend­ing nymphs close to the sur­face, long lead­ers and heavy flies quickly slip be­low their win­dow of vi­sion. Now, re­duc­ing leader length and the num­ber of drop­pers cou­pled with light­weight pat­terns vastly im­proves the odds of your flies hold­ing in that crit­i­cal zone for longer. In ex­treme cases this could mean a sin­gle nymph on a nine-foot leader that is par­tially greased (di­a­gram 5).

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