Unconventional? yes; controversial? most likely; effective? deadly!

#1
Before I embraced the majesty of the fly rod, I grew up fishing the alpine lakes and highland reservoirs of Utah with the tried-n-true "fly and bubble" method. The set-up is simply an artificial bug of your choice on a long light leader (4-6' of 5x tippet works well) with a small in-line casting bubble on the mainline above a swivel on light spinning gear. Cast that SoB as far as you can and reel it back at slow to moderate speed - sort of a trolling effect. OK, I can hear the audible groaning from the purists now, but I'm just saying - it can be a riot on rippled stillwater with fish high in the water column. When even the smallest fish hits that moving bug it sends a shock wave through the light tackle. It's that sensation that got me hooked on fly fishing. Anyway - I recently resurrected the old technique and been using it from the banks of the nearest small King & Snoho Co. lakes when I'm short on time. It turns out the small bows and cutts have a fondness for the #14 renegades I tied up. Try it sometime. I won't tell.
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#2
I do the same thing and it works awesome, especially when you can't cast with a fly rod because of steep banks, and lots of brush.
 

Ed Call

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#8
I started all my kids fishing that way. Easier and more effective than bait plus tackle loss is kept to a minimum.
My girls are doing well with their ultralight spinning gear with casting bubbles and also learning with their Echo Gecko fly rods. Both allow them to cast flies with control. They want to hang out with me. They want to fish with flies. They are awesome.
 
#9
My girls are doing well with their ultralight spinning gear with casting bubbles and also learning with their Echo Gecko fly rods. Both allow them to cast flies with control. They want to hang out with me. They want to fish with flies. They are awesome.
What age did you get you kids a fly rod? Mine are 4 and 7 and I just don't know the right time to indroduce it to them.
 
#12
My son just turned 9 and I recently bought him his first fly rod. We practice out in the lawn, but so far have not used it on water. I think he's still a bit young, but oh well
 
#13
Have you been able to duplicate this success on a fly rod? I was in CO a few years ago, wailing away with a fly rod and watched an older guy kill the brookies using this method. I switched lines and flies and did OK but not like he was doing. I wondered if the bubble was putting out an attractor wake...
 

Ed Call

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#14
What age did you get you kids a fly rod? Mine are 4 and 7 and I just don't know the right time to indroduce it to them.
My girls are 7 1/2 and 6. Both have had their own fly rods since last summer (6 1/2 and 5 then). Both have been fishing flies delivered with an ultralight spinning rig with casting bubbles since a year before that.

The echo gecko fly rods are awesome for young children because the "fighting butt" is like a switch rod handle for little kids and they can start with two handed roll casts right out of the box.

Start them now!