Bottom Fishing w/Fly Gear

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  1. pfournier

    pfournier Do it outside!

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    Do you target kelp beds? I see some behind you in the pic. Do you fish just to the outside to avoid hangups?
     
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    I will fish in slots and pockets of kelp. You will hang up quite a bit at times, but my moto is when bottom fishing, if you're loosing gear, you're in the right spot! There is a ton of cover and shelter for those fish to hide in and around and you just have to be close to it to trigger a strike. I will fish in it sometimes (when current allows it) and other times i will fish the edges.
     
  3. Steve Saville

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    Be sure to duck a bit when you cast. That heavily weighted Clouser is liable to hit you in the back of the head, especially with a sink tip.:rofl:
     
  4. pfournier

    pfournier Do it outside!

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    Steve, no need to cast. Just pay out!
     
  5. ratboy

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    use lead core line
    search ebay for TEL-A-DEPTH-LEAD-CORE-LINE
    there is a whole bunch of factory seconds there.
    each color change is 30feet, about just nice to load a 8wt if you want to cast.
     
  6. Saltman

    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    :thumb:I'll remember that the next time we go out.

    QUOTE=pfournier;711615]Steve, no need to cast. Just pay out![/QUOTE]
     
  8. pfournier

    pfournier Do it outside!

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    I'll remember to duck next time we both go out :) Buddy!
     
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    True statement there! Everyone that things a bead headed bugger hurts doesn't understand...
     
  10. Steve Saville

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    I was fishing in Mexico a few years back with a heavy line and weighted fly. Clipped my rod with the fly because of poor technique. On the next cast, the tip followed the fly out into the water. Broken rod; no back-up in a 10 wt. Same trip, I stuck a fly in my back because I didn't have the proper technique for casting a heavy fly with a sinking line. It taught me the virtues of casting more carefully.
     
  11. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    if fishing from a boat with heavy heads a simple solution is to water load your back cast. works like a charm and no need to duck or worry about getting hit with the fly.
     
  12. lives2bwild

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    by the way kayaks are kelp bed fishing mashines, so stealthy ive sight fished blacks less then 2 feet from the kayak, now that is exiting
     
  13. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Good to know. I'm almost finished rigging my Tarpon 140 with a sonar/gps. I still haven't gotten around to building my shooting head system for my 6wt and 8 wt (mainly because I've been too busy with other projects, and also because I've been thinking too hard about how I'm going to butcher my T-14 into a convertible shooting head that I can lengthen or shorten, depending on whether I am using it with my 6 wt or 8 wt). I'm still on a low budget. Otherwise I'd get some T-11 so that I could make a head longer than 20 feet for my 6 wt. With the 20' section looped on both ends, though, I will be able to loop on either a 4' or 6' section for my 8 wt. I'm still going cheap with the Amnesia running line, but if I don't like that, I might spring for an Airflo ridge running line.

    I plan to fish out along the jetties here more this spring and summer. Mainly the South Jetty and outside the Harbor entrance over the sunken jetty.

     
  14. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    yep, no need to worry about lower units or hanging up in heavy kelp. they are the perfect fishing vessels for accessing fish deep within kelp beds. looking forward to late spring trips out to neah bay for rockfish and lingcod.
     
  15. Saltman

    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    "Chuck and duck!" it ain't pretty, but it works :)