"Washing Line Method"- using boobies

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Interesting method. I posted the video for you.






 

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The washing line is the most used (=most successful) stillwater boat fishing tactic in the UK. I doubt that anyone would dispute that! It's also used from the bank on larger still waters. It can also be used with 4 flies and leaders upto 20 feet or more, normally leaving at least 5 feet between flies.
 

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Around my part of Ontario many of the lakes are stocked primarily for snowmobile ice fisherman. The lakes are small to medium in size and are generally oligotrophic. During the summer surface temps get to high for trout as the lakes stratify. The thermocline usually sets up 20 to 30 ft deep with oxygen and temps ideal for rainbow trout in that zone. I have had success "dredging" boobies right along the bottom with a type 6 sinking line and a 3 to 5 ft floro leader. Sometimes I add a damsel or dragonfly nymph dropper. I would like to try other methods utilizing boobies and fabs. I was thinking that a strip and pause retrieve over deep weeds or structure with an intermediate line might work at certain times. There is always something to experiment with.
 

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A first for me, went out last week to target Lake Whitefish and actually caught one. I caught it in 40 f.o.w on a buoyant water boatman pattern behind a tequila booby. I think I might try this again. Around here whitefish are under utilized and I like to eat them.
 
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This looks a lot like a setup I erringly tied on early in my fly fishing days. I was up at the San Juan, and going to tie on a dry/dropper, only what I tied on was a dropper/dry, with the dry at the terminal end. I was so excited to fish that I got it reversed, and even the realization of my error did not curb my enthusiasm. So I just threw it out there as-is, and on the first cast I saw my ant pattern dive under as a fish took the suspended nymph. Never supposed to work on the San Juan, and anyone would tell you what I did was assbackwards, but it worked. I have a friend who fished a Parachute Adams subsurface with splits shot on the San Juan, and that thing took fish until it unraveled. And those fish are supposed to be "educated." Just goes to show, try anything...
 

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Have you tried it in the river?
No. It's not a tactic that readily adapts to flowing water. Fish a bouyant fly as part of a team on a river by all means but it's not a washing line.
The tactic was developed entirely for loch-style fishing, It can be fished from a still water bank or anchored boat but frankly not in flowing water. It's about the angler controlling the retrieve, in a river the flow of the water is in control.
 

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I fish a “wash line” with a Booby on point quite a bit with a slow sinking line and can personally vouch for its effectiveness. Especially at Strawberry Reservoir here in Utah… the Cutthroats there go wild for Booby’s late morning into the afternoon.

I have not tried it on a floating line, but plan to next time out as the tricky part of the daily Chironomid hatch (at least for me) is late in the event when they are on/near the surface. Once the swallows start working and fish are boiling they get a littler tougher to dupe, but this floating wash line has my wheels turning.

Thanks for posting the link/video. Will report back.
 

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That's exactly what I was thinking.

Can you just put a plastic indicator on the point?
You, can... but would be missing out. Shocking to people new to using them at just how many fish eat the Booby. Sometimes you can't move it fast enough. The fish just love to chase them down and smash them once the water gets into the mid 50s.

Phil Rowley talks about trout tail slapping them (like they do with minnows and caddis pupae) and turning to eat the stunned prey. You will get hard hits/misses fishing Booby's. When this happens, just stop and let the fly slowly rise up and more often than not another strike will immediately follow.
 
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I do have some Boobies flies. Never have fish them, but will give this a try. Never thought of using them like this.
Washing Line method
Yesterday for the first time I used a FAB as a terminal fly (same effect as a booby). I used in a famous reservoir here in Oregon and didn't set it up as a true washer line but used it with a type 3 (Sci Angler Intermediate/2/3) and a long leader and a balanced leech dropper. I think the theory is that the bouyant fly will be more or less drug down in the water column when making a slow strip then begin to float/move upwards when you pause the strip. This worked well yesterday. The fish keyed on on the FAB. Others around me weren't hooking as many fish and this of course doesn't mean my luck was connected to this tactic but who knows. I'll be experimenting with the washing line system with a floater line next. Really interesting. I have seen no one using it here locally. Best to ya. Loren
 

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I started fishing booby's in pond's in Massachusetts in the spring. I use a sinking line. It took some time to get used to but it can be deadly. I started to crush the barbs because they were swallowing the flies. Using a wooly bugger you could catch but the strikes were subtly mainly lip hooked. Switch to the booby and the takes can almost pull the rod out of your hand. I have had numerous people come over to me and ask what the hell I was doing. Find an edge with weeds through to the shallows let it sink to pull the fly down and start a stop and go retrieve. Make sure you get tension to the fly as it sinks, you'll get them as it sinks.
 

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The title of this thread did not paint the same mental image as the posts have, I still need tips on how to wash my line, however what an interesting method!
 
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