when i was new at the game that one guide put me into fish overnight.
even on a fly rod the same basic rules apply, albeit with less hardware involved
you want the hook to be a slightly larger gap then the bead or roughly the same as the spawn sack imo.
if you catch lots of smolts and small fish in the same spot go with a smaller hook or you can do some nasty damage to juvenile fish.
biggest mistake i see with rigs is people dont have enough space between their last weight (the swivel usually) and the hook.
dont go too long but at least a foot. more if the waters clear. i like a nice 18 inch lead/tippet for 90% of situations
ive been getting more success on white or creamy colored beads rather then orange/greens. im guessing because it looks more natural like an egg thats been in the water for an amount of time. but that doesnt always apply
make sure they are not brook lamprey who also finish up their spawn this time of year. they are incredibly efficient filter feeders and a strong part of a clean water ecosystem and out of the 3 native species we have here (american brook, silver, northern brook) only silver lamprey actually live as parasites and even then do not harm fish near as much as the terrible sea lamprey problem we have in the great lakes. they mostly target catfish and sturgeon and not to a level of harming the fish's lifestyle.
they all get a bad rap because of their trout killing brothers the sea lamprey. and i always see people killing the wrong kind without a blink.
that's the same kind of limited foresight mindset that harmed our fisheries in the first place.
its hard to tell them apart without examining close up.
so make sure its a sea lamprey or you're killing a harmless and important species. and don't report them if you don't know how to identify. they'll most likely end up using lampricide on the whole system and that's a blanket kill of all creatures that have simple rather then complex metabolism.
imo the roll cast is the most versatile and terrain friendly cast. once you get good you can make 30+ foot rolls no problem. its also the most common cast i will use. in fact the only time i try to refrain from roll casting is when im fishing dries. but even then if your surrounded by bush its the go to.
if youre trying to cast in heavy winds a lot youre gonna want to tighten the loop or employ a single/double haul, but honestly that situation doesnt come up often(for me anyways). your experience may vary
if you fish tandem/dropper rigs or with shots on the line(basically things that can cause tangles on tight loops) try to loosen up your loop a bit with a circular/belgian cast.
good examples of all these can be found on youtube.
it is an age thing. if someone is in their teens or twenties they learn it 2 days. as 30s approach then gets harder, 50s and up good luck. he owns 10 tops of the line spinnings reels and rods, $300 plus, and very hard for to use centerpin. so might as well use something he is good at.
because my reel was in the shop i had to use my spinning reel for trout fishing for the first time in 16 years, it was not as hard as i thought. just had to pay attention to the mend better. centerpin is more of a fad now. without getting into long conversations, unless you are using a good reel, most centerpin are not doing any better job than spinning reels.
have to disagree here bud,
im in my 30's and find i can pick things up and learn faster then when i was younger and always in a rush. patience plays a lot here, and i seem to have gotten more and more as time goes by(fishing also instills patience)
granted, the first couple of days trying to use my pin with nobody to show me was pretty frustrating, after i got it working i was very pleased with it.
as well i see a lot of older fellows picking it up and enjoying it. from talking to a few on the water, many have only recently gotten into it (<3 years) and i dont see them struggling to figure out how to use the thing.
hell, my uncle has been a spinning fisherman his whole life. hes in his 50's now. i recently gave him my pin to try out and he had "good nuff" casts going within an hour and was having a blast with the mechanics of it.
hes now shopping for his own and has told me he doesnt even want to be out there with his spinning setup after trying the pin
i dunno about this "fad" business either... this thing has steadily grown to the point now where i see spinning reels less then any other type of gear on rivers, its usually centerpin majority followed by fly with a very small appearence from spinning setups. i guess we will see..
not that theres anything wrong with spin. it has its place. i used to spin-drift before i got a pin. its a lot more work involved but it gets the job done.
and on lakes its a whole other story
fishing on the pin is fun and rewarding. and even old-timers can do it!
with anything under a float i find a straight up hook set is best. enough to lift the float out of the water but not enough to send your junk flying at you. if that makes sense
sometimes the hit on a bead is so subtle the float just barely ticks up and down. you gotta be lightning quick to get these fish on.
if you are putting a swing into the end of your drift and get a strike during the swing, do a downstream side hookset, as fish following a swung bait often turn back towards their spot after the take. usually a straight up set in this instance will come right out the mouth.
for hooks i like the smaller size 8's too for two reasons. 1 it doesnt injure the smaller fish i often hook with beads and 2 the small hooks do not set well in tough salmon mouths as opposed to softer trouts/ so you get less boots ruining the moment.
also dont loop the bead if youre going to peg it. just the peg is fine and i found anytime i tried looping or knotting or whatever id get loads more breakoffs then just straight line with a peg.
Posted by Shmogley
on 25 September 2014 - 10:23 PM
Hey, I'm new to Burlington ls, we'll new to Canada I guess. I've come over from New Zealand, living in Burlington. Did allot of fishing back home but o l'y salt water, never did the freshwater thing so this is all new to me. Been reading through the OFF with much enthusiasim,
dear god. you lived in the brown trout paradise and never fished them? i wish i had the chance bro lol