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Old 06-27-2014, 01:47 PM
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I am going off to Yellowstone. I am taking my cousin who has Downs syndrome. He loves to fish, and is a great athlete, he,s won medals swimming in the special olympics. But fly fishing is a bit beyond him. So I guess I will be the opposite of Rick who is throwing bait on a flyrod and ask how you throw flies on a spinning rod. I know folks do this and the reason I ask is that there are areas of the park that are fly only. You can use a spinning rod, but not a jig or mepps spinner. Also no gulp, so Rick and I are screwed. Any help would be welcome.
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You can use casting bubbles. They look like clear bobbers you fill with water until they cast properly. As a disclaimer, I researched this for my dad to use, but never actually tried them.
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Could always use a streamer, some out weight of my spinning lures.
Also what would be wrong using a set up like a pan fish set up just use nymph or San wan worms? Bobber weight fly.
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Default Re: Casting flies on a spinning rod. Help please.

Bubble bobber rigs can work great. A couple friends and myself have used them to great effect on mountain lakes and streams. If the flies aren't working, you can switch right over to lures. You can partly fill them with water, which makes it possible to cast them downright ridiculous distances, which is great on stillwater lakes with no backcasting room.
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One time during a prolific caddisfly hatch, I came across a pair of rednecks who were camped out on the stream for Turkey hunting season. They had spinning setups and weren't catching anything due to the the hatch. They went to the local hardware store and bought a handful of caddis patterns. Then they tied the flies on a couple feet down from a large red and white bobber. They both caught several trout this way. Goofy looking setup, but it worked.
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One time during a prolific caddisfly hatch, I came across a pair of rednecks who were camped out on the stream for Turkey hunting season. They had spinning setups and weren't catching anything due to the the hatch. They went to the local hardware store and bought a handful of caddis patterns. Then they tied the flies on a couple feet down from a large red and white bobber. They both caught several trout this way. Goofy looking setup, but it worked.
That was me and Rick.
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I got all my kids started in fly fishing with the "fly and bubble method"...

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We still do it, from time to time, 'cause it is just plain fun and we catch a ton of Trout, on stocked lakes...I use partridge and herl - #12 - #18, peacock and herl- #12 - #18 and Seal Buggers #6 - #10...works on rivers too - once one gets the technique down...


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I am going off to Yellowstone. I am taking my cousin who has Downs syndrome. He loves to fish, and is a great athlete, he,s won medals swimming in the special olympics. But fly fishing is a bit beyond him. So I guess I will be the opposite of Rick who is throwing bait on a flyrod and ask how you throw flies on a spinning rod. I know folks do this and the reason I ask is that there are areas of the park that are fly only. You can use a spinning rod, but not a jig or mepps spinner. Also no gulp, so Rick and I are screwed. Any help would be welcome.
Download the Yellowstone fishing regulations here:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisi.../14FishReg.pdf

You can use spinning lures to fish Yellowstone Lake. The rivers are fly fishing only. So take your cousin to Yellowstone Lake. The problem is that the cutthroat trout population is way down and there may not be many Cutts left in the Lake.

The stores in Yellowstone Park sell flies and lures that work. A wooly worm with a red tag works. Use a casting bubble and put the fly about 3 feet behind the bubble.

An orange spoon with black spots works as does a Super Duper type lure or a Jakes Lil-Jake Lure brass color with orange spots.

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I've done it twice with ultra light and light spinning with pencil bobbers.
I didn't catch anything but it was fun.
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Before I could cast a fly rod, I used those orange and black bobbers. essentially as strike indicators. caught a bunch of rock bass with that dragging woolly buggers and leeches through some currents in southern ontario. first time I waded a river with my dad, and had a blast.... aside from pulling leeches off my legs after getting back to camp.

I would have been about 10 years old or so.
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