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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-06-2016, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wet fly leadrs and presentations for trout

Since we are on wet fly theme for trout. I thought a thread on leaders set up might be of interest. My leader set up for swinging wets has been pretty simple. A nine foot or longer leader with a pair of wets spaced about 20 inches apart. I've presented flies with either a low rod or a high tip depending on how fast I wanted to bring the flies across on the swing. I have found this to be most successful during caddis hatches targeting a specific rising fish. Swinging a soft hackle or diving caddis. My presentation is similar to swinging a waking fly for steelhead. Not very imaginitive.

I have a copy of Day Wottens' wet fly DVD where he describes how to build a traditional wet fly leader and how to retrieve the flies.

Are any of you using these types of leaders and presentations? If so, how successful have you been?

Are any of you are using other leaders set ups and presentations?
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Swinging for trout I start with a 9' 3X leader. I cut the leader back about a foot and add 4 feet of 5X. We can fish three flies so a use surgeons knots spaced about 20". I clip one of the tag ends and use the second for the droppers and lead fly.

I have an old 3M video called Fishing the English Way. There is a segment on how to fish a team of wet flies. The video came out in 1983 and shows how preform the single and double spey cast with a single handed rod. Pretty cool stuff.

I as well swing wets as if I were steelhead fishing. Only difference is I mend more for trout.

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I do it like Marty.

A typical dropper setup of 2 or sometimes 3 flies. The dropper flies are tied off the leader using either dropper loops of the tag end of a blood knot connecting tippet. Usually about 4-5" off the leader. The furthest down fly is the point fly. So point fly, middle dropper, then top dropper which is the bob fly. Bushy, buoyant fly on the bob then smallest and/or fastest sinking fly on point - this fly should be a pretty streamlined fly thats going to sink quicker OR if you are trying to get down a little more something with a little weight. Middle dropper, if Im using it, is something in between the bob and point in terms of size and sinkability.


Also, I swing them like salmon fishing as well as fish them dead drifted to feeding fish and even greased up cast upstream to feeders. Mostly swinging, tho, unless working active feeding fish I can sight fish.
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