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Old 04-24-2011, 09:24 PM
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Bass off the bottom

I am making the conversion from spinning gear over to fly gear but this one is tough. How do you chase bass which typically bite on texas rigged worms bounced off the bottom in about 3-10ft of water?
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:32 PM
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You have options:

Heavy flies
Split shot
Sinking lines

Mix and match
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:38 PM
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A 15' sink-tip (float/sink) flyline will get your fly down to 5-10 feet as you work it.

You can use full sinking flylines from Type I or II (Intermediate) to Medium/Fast sinking (Type III, IV, OR V)to very fast sinking (Type VI, VII or VIII), as well as 24-30' sinking tips that get down very deep also.

Weighting the fly - beadheads, split shot, etc. - can help them sink abit more. There are poly weighted leaders you can attach that will help get it deeper as well.

Remember too that all the sinking lines, no matter their sink rate, will get down deep eventually, we just may not want to wait that long.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:40 AM
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Heavy flies on a long leader are a bidch to cast but, get down faster than sink tips or sinking lines.
Sink tip with a heavy fly is my favorite way to get down.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:48 AM
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I haven't found a method yet that works like jig fishing or texas rigging. That's just one of the limitations of the fly rod I think.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:09 AM
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bottom presentation

That is our toughest presentation, Chris. All the above suggestions can work for you, depending on the bottom structure. What I have gone to for non active bass the past few years is a heavy weighted fly, sometimes on a jig hook, under an indicator. It's not the most ideal but sometimes you can get them out of the trees by just keeping it in front of thier face long enough. You pretty much need a depth finder to know how deep they are. You want to keep that fly right close to the bottom and just barely move it, dance it and jiggle it a bit and sometimes they'll smack it. Rubber legged flies work well in these circumstances and so does a baitfish pattern that looks real. Make sure you use good sharp hooks because the bite is very subtle most of the time.

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Old 04-25-2011, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for the tips!
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for the pointers. Being newer to the sport I have had a hard time casting heavier flies. I think this might be beyond my capability at this point.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:55 PM
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Try using heavier leaders with the heavy flies. It makes a huge difference. I use 3X or 2X with heavy flies.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:07 PM
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Just remember to keep your head low.. I have pulled some heavy zonkers on of the back of my neck..
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