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Old 05-17-2011, 09:33 PM
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What is the best place on the line to place these? I bought some and have yet to use them, but then I started thinking if I do, I am not really sure where to place them? Thanks!
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What is the best place on the line to place these? I bought some and have yet to use them, but then I started thinking if I do, I am not really sure where to place them? Thanks!
Are you fishing rivers or stillwater? and what are you fishing for and what fly.
On stillwater and pools, I set the indicator to suspend the fly off the bottom, but in current I adjust the indicator with extra (ex: is the river is 3' deep I set the indicator at 5')and that also depends on how fast the current.
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Well, in a way you answered my question with your question. I figured it could also be used as a depth control (like most bobbers) as well as a strike indicator. With that said, it was a general question. Would mostly be "stillwater" and small creeks, but even the lakes I fish around here have some current to them. I will just focus on using it as a depth control and should be good! Thanks!
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As far as streams, the general consensus is 1 1/2 to 2 times the depth. So 3ft depth = 4.5 ft to 6ft. I tend to stick with the shorter side of the spectrum as fish don't look down for food.
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fish don't look down, But what about Crawfish? They crawl on the bottom. Someone else brought this up on another forum.
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Speaking for trout, two things factor into this. Placement of the eyes and structure of the mouth. If you look at the eyes of a trout they are tilted slightly inwards at the top, outwards at the bottom. Also, the forehead is narrower while their mouth gets wider. This makes their viewing angle better when looking up, but their mouth and eye position limits their viewing angle when looking down.

As far as for their mouth, it is designed for eating from above, hence why the bottom lip is is bigger than their upper lip.

I really don't know the details for other fish...they may look down
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Speaking for trout, two things factor into this. Placement of the eyes and structure of the mouth. If you look at the eyes of a trout they are tilted slightly inwards at the top, outwards at the bottom. Also, the forehead is narrower while their mouth gets wider. This makes their viewing angle better when looking up, but their mouth and eye position limits their viewing angle when looking down.

As far as for their mouth, it is designed for eating from above, hence why the bottom lip is is bigger than their upper lip.

I really don't know the details for other fish...they may look down
You mean there is other fish besides TROUT??? LOL
I agree, but they must bottom dredge somehow or at some point.
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I'm just going to go by my limited subjective experience and say that I believe that trout feed at some point especially on rivers, since I've only fished stillwater for trout with a fly rod once many years ago, in the entire water column, but I don't think they qualify as bottom feeders. However while nymphing I've caught fish by dredging the bottom and everywhere in between. With that said I assume others on the forum like Joni, BigFly, MoscaPescador, and others know better than I. I'd like to scuba and see trout eat crayfish, but its my suspician that with crayfish most often trout are likely somewhere at least slightly below or even with the crayfishes. What do you all think?
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Somehow we got way off topic here. But thanks for the replies, I mainly just watch my line to know when I have a hit, but maybe a strike indicator won't be a bad thing assuming I know where to put it!
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Somehow we got way off topic here. But thanks for the replies, I mainly just watch my line to know when I have a hit, but maybe a strike indicator won't be a bad thing assuming I know where to put it!
You are right we did, that includes me, I got caught up in what someone else said and I apologize. The typical formula is 1.5 to 2 times the depth of the water and to adjust from up or down to find where the fish are feeding in the water column.
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