Re: Discerning a strike from the bottom
You control depth using the rod tip, characteristics of the fly line, leader length, weight, and current. But it isn't as hard as that sounds. It really doesn't take so long to get the hang of it. And you can actually "compromise" by adding 1/2 of a Palsa foam or a bit of that tubular foam right at the tip of the fly line when fishing a floating line. You end up getting away from the "bobber factor," but you can still SEE the tip of the fly line very well and control it better until you really get the feel for it. Sort of like training wheels for nymphing without an indicator. Scientific Anglers L2L Connectors also work good for this. They don't really float, but they improve your visibility of the Line-leader connection point.