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Thread: Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

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    Default Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

    The West Branch Ausable is legendary and fabled, but it's my understanding that I shouldn't ignore fishing for trout in the many ponds and lakes of the Adirondacks.

    As a beginner, I only have floating line at the moment. Assuming I'll have both canoe and shore access, can I effectively fish the still water by adding weight and fishing with nymphs, wet flies and/or streamers? Or, should I add sinking tip and/or full sinking lines to the arsenal?

    I realize there are many variables and I'm asking for generalizations. If, however, anyone has any pointers or links to articles, they'd be much appreciated. As always, thanks very much!

    Best Regards,
    Michael

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    Default Re: Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

    When I fish similar ponds in Vermont, I carry two rods
    One strung up with a floating line and the other with a type 3 full sink
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

    Michael: For starters I would recommend just sticking with the floating line. You can do very well on stillwaters with just a floating line. As you gain more rods, then follow Rip Tides advice and setup a second rod/third rod with a sinking tip and/or a full sinking line. Check with the local fly shops on hatches and flies to use and the depths they recommend fishing. Around here the standard stillwater flies are chironomids, callibaetis mayfly nymphs, damsel fly nymphs, dragon fly nymphs, scuds, leeches and streamers. It is very popular around here for the poonton and float tubers to set the line out and then slowly paddle backwards ever so slowly, to move the fly presentation through the water.

    Larry

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    There are hundreds if not thousands of ponds in the Adks most have good fishing.Lots more good ponds then rivers in my eyes. I live in St.Lawrence County and do most of my fishing in the Adks. Most of my fishing is pond and lake fishing (95%) (100%trout fishing). A sinking line is a must. The only time i go to a floating is if there is a seriose hatch coming off. All the other time is trolling wet line or sink tip with nymphs,streamers and wet flys. I was in Placid this weekend there was a few people on the asuable didn't see anyone with a fish on. I went to a pond on the back side of whiteface and got a 24",20" landlock and a 22" lake trout trolling Lead core line. If you want and more info just ask

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    Default Re: Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

    I have also only used floating line. I understand the difference between the two (sinking tip & full sink) but what's the advantages/disadvantages between the two. what would be best for bass on a pond or lake sinking tip or full sink?

    How about on lake Champlain since were talking NY and VT

    I grew up in the Adirondacks and I agree there is much better pond fishing than lake.

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    Just me but I don't understand a sink tip in stillwater. Rivers yes, stillwater= full sink.
    Most of my fishing IS stillwater.

    I absolutely agree with a sinking line if you only have one choice.

    You have Density Compensated which sinks uniformly or Wet Cell that will form a belly and great for weedy bottoms.

    I agree with Rip on a TYPE III. A good all around line. You can cast and do a count down if you feel you need to be deeper.
    You can even deep nymph with a sinking line.

    The only time I use a floating line on stillwater is to deep nymph with a 20' to 30' leader. A sinking line can do the same thing...drop it straight down and dap it up and down, or a very slow retrieve.


    So "MY" vote would be for a sinking line in either a Type II or III

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    Joni Or anyone else have you ever tried leadcore? I have been using leadcore with about 25feet of mono with tandem smelt patterns for the last 3 weeks and doing very well in the Adks with it. 3 weeks ago first time using it got a PB 24" landlock salmon and a 20" and a 21" lake trout. 2 weeks ago 3 nice splake. last weekend 3 nice lake trout. Been trolling about 3 to 4 colors in about 70 FOW

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    Default Re: Stillwater fishing for trout in Adirondacks :: Sinking line needed?

    a lot of people out west use lead core heads for landlocked stripers but i just use a full sink type 6 for deep water. rio makes fast sinking lines and heads called T14, that's similar to leadcore. i agree with Joni, 1 floater, 1 intermediate, and 1 type 3 or 4 DC. milt.

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    How you guys continue to provide wisdom is astounding. Your willingness to provide insight is perhaps even more unbelievable. I can't tell you how much help you've been in my first several weeks of fly fishing. Very cool.

    Many thanks for now and for my future questions.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenmxf View Post
    How you guys continue to provide wisdom is astounding. Your willingness to provide insight is perhaps even more unbelievable. I can't tell you how much help you've been in my first several weeks of fly fishing. Very cool.

    Many thanks for now and for my future questions.

    Michael
    yup, hope u enjoy fly fishing.

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