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 Weights and Drift for Steelhead 
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Hi Guys,

I have been out of the game for a while, I'm wondering how to rig up most effectively for what I need to do...

I will mostly be fishing some river outfalls, dams, confluences, deep holes, areas along riverwalks. I don't have a ton of options as far as gear goes, some different rods from 9' - 11', reels: either fly reels loaded for chuck n duck or spinning reels.

What I would like to do is drift spawn or waxies under a bobber, when I have done this in the past, I always kept my float/bobber stationary, then either had a pencil lead sliding up and down my mainline, or, split shots off a tag end where my leader starts.

What I have seen on some rivers was a centerpin setup with weights pinched on all the way down the leader line for a more realistic drift.

Any ideas for getting the best drift / rigging with what I have? I also bought some of the wobble-glo's lately, have tried them before with little success. Thoughts?


Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:00 am
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Not a big fan of C&D, just feel like too many fish end up snagged. Bobbers / floats, with as little weight as I can get by with. Have to admit, been bit by the Spey bug lately. The few times I've been able to get out the past few years that has been my preferred method. Do have my spinning rod rigged and ready for this winter though.

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Try a small verticle ice fishing jig under the bobber...

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Captain Don wrote:
Try a small verticle ice fishing jig under the bobber...


Thanks guys. Not sure if I am a huge fan of chuck and duck anymore, it was how I got started, and yes, I have snagged a lot of fish with that method!

I have thrown spawn with a chuck and duck rig, no bobber and popped a couple steelies, but was looking for a better way...

Don - do you tip the jig at all? Waxie?


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Yep waxies or spawn bag...small spawn bag...

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