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Old 12-02-2011, 01:09 PM
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How would this work fishing from a drift boat? It seems interesting to me and could definitely be killer up here on a tailwater river.

But that does bring into the question of water depth. If the water depth is always changing what length of leader would you use. Water ranging from 2feet deep - 8 feet deep. Knowing not to use weighted flies, would bounce nymphing be restricted to smaller nymphs? Or could one bounce nymph a big stonefly?

Usually i run a stonefly nymph - san juan worm - smaller nymph. Just a bit confusing trying to wrap my head around this.
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What are you going to do when the rig gets snagged as happens more frequently than a strike indicator rig?

When wading you can change the angle of pull and get upstream of the rig to free the jammed shot. That is not possible from a boat drifting downstream.
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So it would make more sense to have a rod rigged up for walk and wade like this rather the fishing the rig from a drift boat?
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So it would make more sense to have a rod rigged up for walk and wade like this rather the fishing the rig from a drift boat?
Yes, I use less weight when I am on a drift boat as opposed to when I wade.
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What are you going to do when the rig gets snagged...
That's actually one advantage of a bounce rig- it doesn't hang up as much since the weight is skinny, flexible, and hookless, unlike a rig with a heavy stonefly nymph on point.
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What you describe is 'the norm' for the Guides here on the upper Rogue river. Leader is (roughly) slightly longer than the (expected) depth of the water and always a big indicator.

Weighted 'Bugs' hang down from this. Hang ups are actually very rare.
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I would stick with the natural dead drift right off the bottom otherwise you have a snag every cast? Idk
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Default Re: The bounce rig

In may/june/july when the stones start to move around, its not uncommon to fish 2 heavy stonefly nymphs and a big arse heavily weighted san juan worm under an big thingamabobber, along with 2-8 split shot all through out the rig, usually about a 9 foot leader drifted along with from a drift boat. This gets the fly down to the bottom fast, its just slowing the drift down seems like it would be easier with a bounce rig.

But the bounce rig sounds like a great way to fish when we get out to walk and wade. I'll definitely look into that.
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