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Old 05-09-2013, 08:24 PM
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Practicing my casting motion in the yard, is using a strike indicator with the small rubber ring tied to a level leader an acceptable lure/fly to use in practice or is it too heavy and not telling me the true result of my cast. I still get the crumpled pile of leader/indicator at times and other times its purdy...
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:47 PM
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Try taking a piece of yarn and tying it to the end of your leader. I've got a 1/2" piece of Glo Bug yarn on the end of mine and it seems to work well. Getting out there and practicing, even if your line ends up in a pile, will be beneficial in the long run.
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Jaybo pretty much covered.

I have mentioned using a yarn strike indo-bobber to simulate wind resistant flies before. I use that recommendation for test casting heavier rods designed to throw deer hair bass flies.

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Default Re: Yard Practice ?

You might have better luck if you don't use the level leader. Just as with a fly, your yarn will end up more often laying out righ if you make a tapered leader. That's why you don't use a level leader for fishing.

I say this a lot, if you want to improve your casting, video is the best tool other than practice. Both video of others, and video of yourself.
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Default Re: Yard Practice ?

Thanks guys, will switch over to a tapered leader, was using level leader just for the yard practice and didn't think it would matter much, was wondering more about the wieght of the strike indicator vs small poppers/flies for BG's and crappie as those are my targets when I get the casting motion down better.
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I agree using a tapered leader helps greatly in practice. Most of the bull gills and big Crappies love brush and structure and getting a fly near cover and under branches pays big benefits. Accuracy practice is very helpful. Try putting your piece of yarn under a lawn chair at 40 feet. It also helps to see that the line is generating enough power when straightening to turnover a fly. Sometimes, wind resistant flies (and weighted ones) lag behind on the turnaround of the cast and drop, creating tailing loops. Using a tapered leader will help in the turnover and learning good technique.
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If you fish with an indicator, then it might be a good idea to practice with one as well.
While using a level leader might not help, I don't think that it will make all that much difference as casting the indicator will be the larger challenge.
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Default Re: Yard Practice ?

You can always make a cheap tapered leader by tying 2-4 pieces of mono together stepping down a few .001" with each section.
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You can always make a cheap tapered leader by tying 2-4 pieces of mono together stepping down a few .001" with each section.
would all the knots and such not affect the overall process thru increased wind resistance ??

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If you fish with an indicator, then it might be a good idea to practice with one as well.
While using a level leader might not help, I don't think that it will make all that much difference as casting the indicator will be the larger challenge.
Do you think a strike indicator is harder to cast than say a small popper or fly for BG's and crappie ??
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Default Re: Yard Practice ?

It seems to me that someone should practice using the rig that they plan on fishing with.... Are you using poppers or an indicator rig ?

BTW, I always fish my bass poppers on 6' +/- of straight (non-tapered) mono leader.
And all my tapered leaders, up to 14' are all hand knotted....there's no wind resistance
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