new to the fly and need stillwater suggestions

#46
I find that the bobber adds to the suspense but I have never used one with a chironomid, er buzzer. I must try that this year. Next question will be about leaders, length, composition, and taper. But that is for another day.
 
#47
oh don't get me wrong the suspense of thinking that bobber will drop kills me and i can't wait to nail one that way.... Last time i tried the fish were holding around 15 feet or so so that's how long my leader was (2x) still a little confused about how to retrieve it (if at all) so i just did a quick little 2" strip and waited a bit for a bite and continued like that with the occasional odd strip.... can't wait to get one that way though
 

Kcahill

Active Member
#49
oh don't get me wrong the suspense of thinking that bobber will drop kills me and i can't wait to nail one that way.... Last time i tried the fish were holding around 15 feet or so so that's how long my leader was (2x) still a little confused about how to retrieve it (if at all) so i just did a quick little 2" strip and waited a bit for a bite and continued like that with the occasional odd strip.... can't wait to get one that way though
well you dont really retrieve it until the end, so cast "upwind" of where you are anchored, let it drift, then hand twist retrieve it back. At least thats what I do, not that it works really well. I am an impatient bastard when watching a bobber.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#50
I'd suggest casting downwind so your line stays straight and you get the full effect of the "chironomid chop". Keeping your line as straight as possible without slack will increase your hook-up ratio when the bobber goes down.
Keeping the wind at your back and having a good stable anchor set-up will help keep a lot of the slop out of your line.
 
#51
Don't be afraid to experiment with retrieves. Seen many times where fish would only hit something under a bobber, even the notoriously slow moving chironomids, unless it was moving. Sometimes at a pretty good clip too! Other times the fish will want it dead still. You just have to play around and find whats working at the time. That's the beauty of this method, there is always something to tinker with to get dialed in.



well you dont really retrieve it until the end, so cast "upwind" of where you are anchored, let it drift, then hand twist retrieve it back. At least thats what I do, not that it works really well. I am an impatient bastard when watching a bobber.
 
#52
Don't you just love fishing. Everything changes all the time.

Some cold libations while learning the technique seems to be in order. Or at least around the campfire at the end of a glorious day.
 
#53
Troutsniffer, I don't want to hijack your thread, but I too have a question about chironomid fishing. I guess you are never too old to learn something new.
What about leaders and their length. Is a tapered leader necessary?

I am making some assumptions here. I would imagine that I am fishing with a floating line, a long leader, say 12 feet or so, a bobber of some sort, a fly and perhaps a dropper. An slow sinker might be in order or even perhaps a full sinking line? But I digress. Cast out downwind, let the line sink for some minutes until it hits the sweet spot. Do I have a good picture here?
 

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