Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Around Portland
Adjusting depth with mending, etc.
So, the river levels this year are going from low-and-clear to high-and-dirty every other week and I had a few questions about adjusting fishing depth.
I was fishing the higher water with 13' of t-11 and I felt I was able to get pretty deep with a heavier fly in the faster water. I fished this same setup with the river levels a few feet lower and obviously snagged up and lost my fly on one of the first casts. Went to a lighter, unweighted fly and it was fine in the slightly faster sections. Then, fishing it in slower "walking pace" water about 3-4ft deep, I'd snag up. I switched to 7" of T-11 and was still snagging every once in a while in the deeper area, and especially on the dangle in about 2ft of water closer to shore.
This particular run has been extremely productive for me, gear fishing, over the past few years, so I am curious if I should just be throwing an inside mend and allowing the line to swing faster and shallower? Or should I go for a lighter tip? Ideally, I'd like to have one tip I can use for most of my fishing, but the 13" of t-11 seems to be sinking too fast in the water that I usually get my fish in.