Drifting a Bead setup?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by stewart dee, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    Damn, a mini-flamefest and nobody even asked if you needed a Skagit line to fish beads or if a long-belly line will still turn over a Xtra Large Thingamabobber @ 100'. :rofl:
     
  2. Panhandle

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    Oh ya, a compact will launch that rig.
     
  3. stewart dee

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    I spent the last couple hours lawn casting the bobber and bead setup. Its more difficult than I thought, maybe its not for me. I guess when I get out on the water and try it the magic will happen. How far can you guys cast these big setups? Is four lead buckshot sized weights to many? My little Winston was bent to the cork. Feels a little heavy, I do want to be able to cast it out far.
     
  4. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    If you're throwing beads with a spey rod, then why not in the spey section? :rofl:
    I've never done it, but would. Go get em!
     
  5. Salmo_g

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    Stewart.

    I think you can get down with fewer than 4 buckshot. Try 1 or 2 size 7 shot.

    Sg
     
  6. rick matney

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    That line was sick Evan! Dibs on the front of the boat. I can olny assume that you are completly joking Stewart. Every one knows that 20lb P-Line is way better than 30lb maxima.
     
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    And long bellies are way better than skagits, mending is way easier. If you are in fact serious, then look at a speydicator or a delta spey for a line. They both turn over a bunch of junk with ease. What weight and length of rod are you using (if serious)?
     
  8. Dustin Bise

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    the 30lb maxima is so ur thingama doesnt slip around. never used a 20 lb pline
     
  9. rick matney

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    I was being sarcastic. I use balloons and taper down 40lb maxima to 15 lb P-line and use a swivel in the butt section 6" from the end of the fly line.
     
  10. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    And Stew...you can't complain about not catching fish....sorry. Leave that one to me.
     
  11. Zen Piscator

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    Longer belly lines let you achieve better drifts with the nymphing setup. But, they are tougher to cast. I've been using a 7130 TR with a shimano calais spooled with 30lb braid. With a slip float rig and home made slinkies, I might never speydicate in water over 10 feet deep again. Make sure you add metal grommets to you bobber as the line will groove it out.

    You could also try swinging, I heard from someone somewhere that people used to catch steelhead with this strange method. I've yet to try it for myself. :D
     
  12. Chris Johnson

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    I can't believe I read this whole thread( except for evans post on sarcasm).