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A Little Bounce, Part II

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part I described the leader rig, its purpose, the bounce weight, floatation, fly attachment and fly type. This installment discusses the overall “value proposition” of the bounce rig, regulations, a few points of leader construction, and ways and limits to using the rig.

The primary virtue of the bounce rig is that it settles the fly to within x inches of the bottom, with x decided by the angler…no matter where in the drift the fly and leader happens to be. It takes some of the guesswork and readjustment out of other methods (for example how high above a fly an indicator must be positioned for a given stretch of water). The angler watches the floating line or indicator, looking for suspicious twitches that can signal a take.

With a bounce-rigged leader, depending on the point weight, flies can sink as quickly as if they were weighted, and like a weighted fly they don’t “ride up” until close to the end of the drift. That can be a disadvantage if your intention is to represent an emerging nymph, but otherwise it’s generally a plus. Ideally, bounce nymphing affords some of the benefits of both slack-line drifting and tight-line strike-sensing–the rig drifts with a slack line on the surface, to stay connected to the current…but is somewhat taut between the fly and the surface (which is the point where you visually detect the takes). more…

A Little Bounce, Part I

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Imagine you want a subsurface fly to lurk near the bottom along its drift, and that you’re amenable to employing a high-floating indicator to get that job done. You adhere to the reigning wisdom and place the indicator about 1.5 times the assumed depth, up from the point fly. You cast, but soon it hits a snag because the fly drifted across water more shallow than were your assumptions. Or you get no snag but also no fish, because the fly drifted across a great fish-holding hole that’s deeper than you’d thought. Or neither of those things happens because you know the depths like the back of your hand, but you must change the indicator’s position on the leader with every cast to a new location, drifting your fly only as far as that particular depth extends, and where the bottom drops off slowly on a slope, you just pick some depth and hope for the best. more…