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Congratulations: Kelly Ames


You and three of your friends are getting the Red Truck Treatment, which includes:


•    A Mobile Fly Shop visit via the Red Truck Fly Rods Jeep.
•    A two-hour “efficient casting” lesson with FFF Master instructor George Revel.
•    Red Truck's “No-haul Challenge.” This one is fun!
•    Field testing our Red Truck Optimized fly fishing outfits.
•    Information on balancing your own equipment.
•    Instant Upgrade Information.
•    A “Beef Master” Barbecue, of course.
•    Solid fly fishing information.

•    Guaranteed Smiles.


If you're a member of a club (fly, golf, tennis), round up three or more of your friends and contact George@flyfishingoutfitters.com. He'll arrange a date and meeting place for a Red Truck gathering. Next grab your favorite fly fishing outfit, if you have one, and bring it with you. You'll learn a thing or two and soon be fly casting more efficiently than you ever thought possible. You're in for some fun when the Red Tuck arrives.
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THE LATEST FROM SAGE - TXL-F FLY FISHING RODS


 


Specifications




• Line Sizes: 000wt-4wt


• Rod Length: 7'10" (with a 3wt and 4wt at 6'10" as well) 

• Sections: 4 piece 

• Weight:  1 7/16 oz. (000wt) to 1 15/16 oz. (4wt) 

• Handle: Cork - Snub-nose Half Wells Grip 

• Reel Seat: Bronze anodized with walnut insert 

• Action: Moderate Fast 

• Retail Cost: $625.00



    Leland is excited to offer Sage’s new TXL-F series of fly rods.




November 22, 2010 (San Francisco, CA):
  Since 1985, Sage has
endeavored on perfecting performance by handcrafting fly rods in
Bainbridge Island, Washington.  This year, Sage’s master rod builder,
Jerry Siem, has developed a new series of dedicated small stream fly
rods named TXL-F.  This latest rod offering provides big rod performance in a small package.



Celebrate small stream fishing:
Ultra-light rods in general have a reputation for being "noodly". Not so with the ,
which responds to the same casting stroke that efficiently loads and
unloads Sage's high-performing, fast-action rods.  Now an angler can
play “small ball” on tight trout streams without sacrificing
performance.

 


PRO Review - GEORGE REVEL








What’s the word. . .





The new TXL-F series of small stream trout rods from Sage  have been
introduced as the replacement to the much-loved TXL ("Trout eXtra
Light") series. In line weights 000 through 4, the TXL-F fly rods offer
anglers the responsiveness and precision necessary to fish confidently
in tight quarters. The "F" in "TXL-F" is for "feel," and Sage has
managed to produce a rod series that provides unprecedented sensitivity,
tippet protection, and--most surprisingly, stellar casting performance.





Features. . .


 


The TXL-F raises the bar on its predecessor in a few different ways.
From the 000710-4 to the 4710-4, the TXL-Fs are on average a full third
lighter than their TXL ancestors. Sage has achieved this through further
refining their proprietary G5 construction technology (more about G5
below) and a new style of ferrule which they're calling "microferrules."




These new, more efficient junctions provide the TXL-Fs with weight
savings, to be sure, but also help ensure an even, continuous flex along
the rod's length to give anglers sensitive tippet protection and easy,
intuitive casting. These rods load fully and cast dart-like tight loops.



The "snub-nosed half wells" grip is another feature that's new for the
TXL-F. This high quality cork handle is slightly flared at the top, to
provide ergonomic hand placement and better energy transfer from the
anger's arm, through the thumb, to the blank and fly line.





Action. . .




Perhaps because they are on average a third lighter than their TXL
predecessors, the TXL-Fs are a great deal crisper-casting than any light
line rod developed to date. Historically, the small stream category has
been populated by rods with a noodly, unsatisfying action, one that
loads easily at close distances, but doesn't track particularly well or
gracefully form tight loops.



Not so with the TXL-F. These lightweight fly rods are veritable pistols.
They are designed to be cast with the same casting stroke that best
operates Sage's full range of fast action fly rods. If you are
comfortable casting a Z-Axis 590-4, you'll be able to confidently use
that same compact, modern casting stroke to impressive results with
every TXL-F model.





Materials. . .


 


The TXL-F rod series makes use of a high modulus graphite blend in
its blank construction, as well as Sage's proprietary G5 construction
technology.
High modulus graphite allows TXL-F blanks to efficiently
load and unload during the casting cycle--transferring more energy into
the fly line---while G5 enables Sage to produce lighter, more
responsive, and more precise rods.



Often misunderstood, G5 technology is a manufacturing process rather than a specific material, machine, or treatment. G5 has two elements: a scrimless reinforcement method and a fiber alignment method.



Traditionally, graphite blanks have made use of fiberglass "scrims" or
woven sheets of fiberglass that are sandwiched between sheets of
graphite. While the graphite provides axial strength along the blank,
the fiberglass provides hoop strength---basically, it prevents the round
cross section of the blank from contorting into an oval, which is the
first step in failure.



But fiberglass is heavy and makes rods heavier, less powerful, or both.
Through G5 technology, Sage has used advanced resin systems and lateral
carbon fiber reinforcements to provide more than adequate hoop strength without fiberglass.
When these scrimless blanks are baked and cured, they achieve a much
denser nesting of graphite fibers--with consonantly greater strength. With
G5, Sage has moved beyond the need for scrim, making it possible to
produce a lighter, livelier, and quicker-recovering blank.








The second facet of G5 has to do with fiber alignment. Unlike fiberglass, which is woven, a sheet of graphite has all its fibers running in parallel--or unidirectionally. This means a rolled-up tube of graphite is very strong axially. But a fly rod isn't a simple cylinder--it's actually a very thin, gradually narrowing cone of sorts.
It has taper to it, in order that it can bend and unbend predictably to
cast the fly line. This taper makes it technically difficult to keep
fibers in alignment as you roll a sheet of graphite around a mandrill to
make a rod blank.



To get around this, Sage lays a cut of graphite sheeting on the mandrill
and rolls it, then lays another cut at a different orientation, rolls
it, then another cut, and so on. These "multiple lay-ups" result in less overall migration of fiber direction off the longitudinal axis,
and make for blanks that track better, respond with more energy, and on
the whole provide casters with an extra level of precision.






Fit and Finish. . . 


 


• Sage G5 technology graphite construction



• Exceptionally light in hand, but stable and responsive as well



• High quality cork handle in a Snub-Nose Half Wells configuration



• English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top



• Bronze anodized reel seat with walnut insert



• Stitched cotton rod sock and extruded aluminum tube



• Limited lifetime warranty




Reliability and Durability. . . 




Sage was founded in 1979 by Don Green, an experienced rod
blank builder and one of the architects of the modern fishing rod, as
owner of the Grizzly Fiberglass Company, which later partnered with
Fenwick. It was originally called Winslow Manufacturing (after the city
of Winslow on Bainbridge Island, Washington) but within a year had
changed its name to Sage. Emphasizing high quality fly rods sold only
through specialty stores, Sage rode the crest of the fly-fishing boom in
the post “A River Runs Through It” years. Today, although there is no
industry repository for exact numbers, Sage is probably the world’s
largest producer of premium fly rods and employs over 100 workers in
their manufacturing facility.



So, has being the 800-pound gorilla affected the quality of their
product as it has with so many other companies in the outdoor industry?
Although challenged by industry wide flat sales, the growth of the
Internet, and increasingly higher quality Asian imports, my impression
is no, for several reasons. Sage has continued to retain talented people
and spend money on research and development. The proximity of
Bainbridge to the Boeing Aircraft manufacturing plants near Seattle and
Toray Composites in Tacoma provides access to a wealth of knowledge from
the aerospace industry, the primary end users of graphite fiber. More
importantly, aside from a few casting and spinning rod models over the
years, Sage has pretty much stuck to their original intention, building
very good fly rods.


 

The TXL-F has a limited lifetime warranty for the original
owner. If you damage or break your rod, you are responsible for the
shipping charges and insurance to send ALL of the pieces to Sage, plus a
$40 handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U.
S. International owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance
fees. Not a bad deal for an expensive, relatively fragile tool. The
other five or six top US makers offer similar rod warranties, but not
all provide the same level of service. I’ve seen some customers wait 3
or 4 months, or longer, to get their rods back. Sort of puts the damper
on the fishing season. Sage’s lead time for repairs is currently about 2
to 2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks
in the winter.




Overall Rating. . .





PROS - The new TXL-Fs are really a groundbreaking
series. The actions correlate to Sage's larger trout rods, so you can
use the same, compact casting stroke you would use on a 5wt or 6wt, get
great loops, and still show small fish the respect they deserve.





CONS - Though the TXL-F 4710-4 is the most versatile
of the series, these rods are definitely specialty rods. Any one of
these rods will make a great addition to your quiver, but look elsewhere
if you're shopping for an all-rounder.





BOTTOM LINE – These are precise, crisp light line fly
rods that are fun to fish. The TXL-Fs will open up new water and remind
you how great dry fly fishing really is.



Reviewer. . .






 


I grew up in Redding, CA, fishing for trout and steelhead on
the many waters of the region. As I grew up, I became more focused on
fishing for steelhead, and swinging a fly through a glassy tail-out is
probably my favorite thing in the world. But fishing the TXL-F this
summer on small water was like "trout rehab" for me, and I've been
fishing trout hard through the summer and fall. I'm remembering that
California has some really outstanding small streams and ponds that
never get the pressure of the larger tailwaters and freestones. Although
I always value the secrecy of my fishing spots, I encourage you to pick
up a TXL-F and go find the small stuff near you. I'll see you on the
water. -George Revel


 







Leland on sage txl-f fly fishing rodS


 


Why replace a beloved series of light fly rods? When you can
make that series 33% lighter while dramatically improving its
performance, the real question is why wouldn't you? Besides its near
weightlessness, the TXL-F (the "F" is for "feel") Series of fly rods has
received a tune-up in the form of increased sensitivity and performance
with the latest version of Sage's exclusive G-5 technology, as well as
new and improved microferrules. The series even has a brand new grip: a
"snub-nose half wells" grip that's just one more reason it's tough to
put down at the end of the day.



Ultralight rods in general have had a reputation for being "noodly". Not
so with the TXL-F, which responds to the same casting stroke that
efficiently loads and unloads Sage's high performing fast action rods.
This efficient casting stroke allows you to delicately drift dry flies
under logs and bushes with accuracy unprecedented in an ultzralight fly
rod. We test-drove the TXL-F 4710-4 this summer on a tiny creek in
Northern California and had a blast dropping dries into wooded corners
and slingshot casting under cut banks.



Without question, this is the best-casting series of ultralight fly rods
on the market today. And in a new four piece configuration, the TXL-F
is that much easier to pack high into the backcountry.

For the ultimate in small creek trout fishing, check out Sage's new Circa fly rods.


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How to Tie a Hopper Dropper Rig
The Hopper Dropper Rig is easily one of my favorite and most productive rigs. This rig is my go to summertime creek and river rig. I have had great luck with hopper dropper rigs on the North Fork Yuba, The Upper Sacramento River, The McCloud River, and The Truckee River.
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By George Revel

The Hopper Dropper Rig is easily one of my favorite and most productive rigs. This rig is my go to summertime creek and river rig. I have had great luck with hopper dropper rigs on the North Fork of the Yuba River, The Upper Sacramento River, The McCloud River, and The Truckee River.

The hopper does not always have to be a hopper just as long as it serves as both and indicator and an enticing meal. The dropper is generally a bead head nymph and size will depend on how buoyant your dry fly is.

My favorite flies for this set up are:

The Chubby Chernobyl for the dry

The Flashback Pheasant Tail for the nymph.

How to set up a hopper dropper rig:

1) Leader choice for the hopper dropper rig:

I start with a 7.5 foot 4x mono leader and loop to loop it to my fly line or butt section. I chose a shorter mono leader because it turns over the larger foam flies I like to fish with my hopper dropper rigs. Also mono leaders float.

  How to tie a Hopper Dropper Rig Step 1  

2) Choose your dry fly/Indicator for your hopper dropper rig:

The next step is to choose and tie on your dry fly for your hopper dropper rig.  You should base this on the size of dropper you want to fish. My favorite dry fly to use with a hopper dropper rig is the Chubby Chernobyl. Tie this on with a Clinch Knot.

 How to tie a Hopper Dropper Rig Step 2 

3) Attach fluorocarbon to the bend of the dry fly for your Hopper Dropper Rig:

Tie a section of 5 or 6x fluorocarbon on the bend of you dry fly with a clinch knot. The longer you make this section the deeper your dropper fly will sink. Keep in mind the longer this section is the more difficult the hopper dropper rig will be to cast. I like to keep it around 3 feet. 

How to Tie a hopper dropper rig step 3

4) Choose and tie on your dropper fly:

I like to use a beadhead nymph that I have confidence in. Usually I end up using a pheasant tail, a prince nymph or a copper john.

 How to Tie a hopper dropper rig step 4 

5) Put some floatant and dry shake on the dry fly of your hopper dropper rig:

How to fish your hopper dropper rig:

I like to fish this hopper dropper rig in shallow riffles. The faster moving water gives the fish less time to inspect and just react. Another great method is to fish your way up stream, cast your hopper dropper rig in front of rocks allowing the hopper and dropper rig to flow around the rock and back toward you. As your hopper dropper rig is drifting back toward you lift your rod and strip in the slack.

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Loop Tackle Classic Series Fly Reel Review


YOUR FLY REEL SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU

They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. . . . Read More.
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•  Models: 4/6, 5/8, 7/9, 8/11, 10/13
•  Machined and Anodized Bar Stock, Aircraft Aluminum
•  Fully-Sealed, Fully-Adjustable Power Matrix Drag System
•  Distinctive Outgoing/Incoming Click
•  Precisely Counterbalanced

November 3, 2011 (San Francisco, CA): Fly reels say a lot about an angler. They separate the traditionalists from the gearheads, pitting old-school styling against new-school innovation. Now you don't have to choose between timeless design and state-of-the-art engineering: where the ageless aesthetics of the past and the breakthrough technologies of the future converge, Loop Classic Fly Reels stand in a class all their own.

Paying homage to the most iconic fly reels ever produced—a lineage spanning from Edward Vom Hofe to Stanley Bogdan to Hardy Cascapedias—Loop Classic reels are a modern take on a centuries-old legacy of angling style. From the sleek S-handle down to the handcrafted leather reel case, every feature of Loop Classic Fly Reels speaks to the rich history of fly fishing and the satisfaction that comes from connecting with its ongoing heritage. Under the hood, the Loop Classic's unparalleled drag system is anything but retro. If it's possible to build a piece of tackle that is emblematic of the finest elements of the sport of fly fishing, the elegant and ergonomic Loop Classic Fly Reel might just be it.


Striking aesthetics alone don't warrant admission into such an elite club, a club where fly reels are built to outlast everything short of the waters they fish. For that you need an unwavering dedication to craftsmanship, and the Loop Classic Fly Reels are as sturdy as fly reels get. Manufactured from premium aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized for a finish that is as indestructible as it is iconic, Loop Classic Fly Reels are meant to handle the harshest conditions with graceful power. The Loop brand was built on the back of adventure angling; its founders and engineers travel to ends of the earth to test gear where others had never fished before. From South America to Russia, Alaska to Africa, the Classic Series is steeped in a rich angling tradition of design and forged in the waters of the world's premier fly fishing destinations.

Reels you can trust: Loop's meticulous approach to design is not reserved to a polished exterior; the top-notch components powering the Classic Fly Reels are nothing short of spectacular. For those discerning anglers who require uncompromising performance, the mechanics of the Loop Classic Series sets the bar for impenetrable drag systems. Featuring Loop's signature Power Matrix Drag System, Loop Classics take fully-sealed waterproof performance to a new level.* Utilizing the extreme resilience of carbon drag plates (rather than your conventional cork) the Power Matrix Drag System is impervious to frictional wear. The benefits of this innovative design are particularly clear in strenuous saltwater environments where corrosion and compromised performance attack lesser-made reels. Want a testimonial? The Loop lodges in Argentina and Cuba have operated the same fleet of Loop Classic and Opti Fly Reels for several years without fail, with virtually every day spent under the most demanding fly fishing conditions.

*Note: The Loop Classic 4/6 does not feature the Power Matrix Drag System, instead it has a more suitable and lightweight, butter-smooth adjustable click and drag system.



A reel for the senses: Loop Classic Reels are a celebration of the senses. From spring creeks to the surf, the echoing click of a Loop Classic Fly Reel is a call to any angler to get out and fish. The sensory experience of “fish-on” is a place where we all long to be, and the Loop Classic Reels deliver an unmistakable sound to completely immerse you in the catch. It's these distinctive touches—like the precision porting against the vintage look and the beautiful leather reel case—that make the Loop Classic worthy of its name.

The supreme achievement of the Loop Classic Fly Reels comes not from their elegance and craftsmanship, their brute strength and durability, but from the harmony of all these features. Merging “classic” style with modern mechanics, Loop Classic Reels strike a superb balance between angling's rich past and promising future. Give your favorite fly rod the better half it deserves: a Loop Classic Fly Reel.


Loop Classic Pro Review - By Leland's George Revel


What's the Word...


When the Loop Classic Reels first arrived here at Leland, it's fair to say they were immediately fondled and groped by the entire staff. They just looked like something I wanted. In the same realm as our red truck diesel reels. We had to know how they fished... drove north to swing some black leaches at the early fall steelhead.

Features...


The Classic Series is a perfect example of Loop's ability to craft efficient, purpose-built fly reels that look as good as they perform. The Loop Classic Fly Reel's drag system is fully adjustable to provide you with complete control and versatility. Of course it's entirely corrosion-resistant and waterproof, built to handle whatever punishment comes its way. Loop Classics come in a range of weights cover every application, from stealthy spring creek trout all the way up to the most powerful flats fishing for tarpon or trevally... See video here. Loop Classics also come with a leather reel case that is as elegant as the reels themselves.
 

Fit and Finish...


Looks aren't everything, but they certainly don't hurt. If you've always wanted a Bogdan or a Hardy, the Loop Classic is worth more than just a second glance. Their sleek S-curve handle contrasts the quality porting, and the whole reel delivers a unique blend of vintage and contemporary features.  These are excellent competitors in the premium fly reel market that won't let you down no matter how much you fish.  If you appreciate more of an old-school look, Leland has a limited supply of the non-ported models in stock (One less as of 20 min when I got mine 7-9RHW).


Rundown...


Pros:
The weight of the Classic Reel is one of the things I have enjoyed most. The drag system is an upgrade form what you assume is in it by looking at it.

Solid... they don't have the solid feeling on of a Bogdan, but the full cage gives a very nice sturdiness to it.

Cons: Some might consider the Loop Classic Reels to be a bit on the heavier side, but to a lot of us, that's not a bad thing. Particularly, Those using Spey rods, Bamboo, Glass, longer single handers. Now I am no weight weenie... but the right reel on rod can make all the difference.

The Drag system on the 4-6's is not RH or LH specific. Not a big deal but would have been nice to have.

Bottom Line:
Whether you are looking for a timeless trout reel or a heavy-duty spey reel, the Loop Classic Series delivers incredible design and reliability across the board.
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How To Clean Your Fly Line
Don't throw out that old fly line yet! Clean it us and get a few more months out of it! It won't take you long and will pay dividends on the river. Life is far too short to deal with a floating fly line that sinks.
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By George Revel


Let's first start with the question, "When is it time to clean my fly line?"

Well, I clean mine any time my floating line starts sinking. If you want to be proactive, every 4-5 uses is a good rule of thumb. This will dramatically extend the life of your line if done properly.


Other signs your fly line needs cleaning

  • The line holds memory
  • Small cracks begin to appear
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For this Project you will need: 

  • Two buckets or a double basin sink
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Airflo Whizz Lube


Step One: Soak the Fly Line:I use a double basin sink (2 buckets or tubs also work). Fill one with 2-3 inches of warm soapy water (use a mild dish detergent) and the other with 2-3 inches of warm water. Strip the fly line off your reel into the soapy water using long pulls and deliberate placement of the line. Let soak for 25-30 minutes. You only need to clean the portion of line that you use...but I figure, why not the whole thing?


Step Two: Scrub and Rinse the Line:

The next step is to run the fly line through a wash cloth, beginning with the line that is nearest your reel. Pinch the fly line with the wash cloth firmly in between your thumb and index finger. Apply good pressure and pull the line into the bucket of warm water. Empty the soapy water and dry that basin. Beginning with the front of your fly line (nearest the leader), dry the line with the washcloth while pulling it into the freshly dried basin.


Step Three: Remove the Tough Grit

Empty the freshwater basin and dry it out. Begin with the line closest to your reel and pull it through the doubled over washcloth, applying pressure with your thumb and index finger. Repeat pulling the line in between the basins until no more dirt rubs off onto the washcloth .


Step Four: Condition Your Fly Line

Apply a dime-size dab of whizzlube. Double over the washcloth again and pull the line through, applying less pressure than before. Your goal is to coat the fly line in the conditioner. Let the fly line dry for 30-40 minutes (we recommend at least five minutes and up to 24 hours).



Step Five: The Buff
After letting the fly line dry for at least five minutes, use a clean washcloth to pull the line back through for a polished finish. Before you reel the fly line back on the reel make sure the leader end is at the bottom of the pile to avoid tangles.


Step Six: Get out fishing with your grime-free, like-new fly line...

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How to Tie an Indicator Rig
While dry fly fishing is the purest form of fly fishing, the facts are that trout feed underwater at least 90% of the time. This fact alone is enough to tie on an indicator rig if you want to catch more fish. The indicator rig is less enjoyable to cast and takes a good bit of effort to set up correctly. There are many ways to set up an indicator rig, but I will write about the most effective of all of the methods.
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detdesc:: How to Tie an Indicator Rig for Trout Fishing

By George Revel

While dry fly fishing is the purest form of fly fishing, the facts are that trout feed underwater at least 90% of the time. This fact alone is enough to tie on an indicator rig to catch more fish. The indicator rig is less enjoyable to cast and takes a good bit of effort to set up correctly. There are many ways to set up an indicator rig, but I will write about the most effective of all of the methods.

This indicator rig is my go to rig for the McCloud River, Upper Sacramento River, The Lower Sacramento River, and The Lower Yuba River.

*** If you do not know the river well; walk to the water before setting up your indicator rig ***

*** Lubricate all of your knots with a little spit for your indicator rig ***

*** Use more twists on your clinch knot when using fluorocarbon ***

*** This is designed for using thinga-mabobbers ***

1)  Tie on your adjustable section of your Indicator rig.

When setting up my indicator rig I usually start with a cut back tapered 7.5 foot 3x leader for my indicator rig. Run your hands up the leader starting at the thin end of the leader. At some point you will feel the leader to start taper. You want cut the leader right before this taper starts happening. Loop to loop the leader to your fly line or butt section. The length of this section will determine the distance you can adjust your indicator. This also acts as an energy buffer when mending your line. Once your flies have sunk the last thing you want to do is move you indicator.

 Step 1 of setting up an Indicator Rig 

2) Set up your average depth for indicator rig.

Look at the water and take note of how of deep it is. You want to be a little longer than your average depth... trust your gut. I would say more often than not this section is at least 6ft. Measure your arm span and pulling off the right amount of tippet for your indicator rig is much easier. I generally use 3 or 4x fluorocarbon for this section of my indicator rig. Fluorocarbon is abrasion resistant and sinks better than mono. Tie this to your cut back tapered leader with a triple surgeons knot.

 Setting up an indicator rig step 2 

3) Tie on the tippet for the first fly of your indicator rig.

Here you want 12-18 inches of 1x lighter tipper than what you used as depth control section. The longer this section the more the fly, depending on weight, will float up. Tie this to you depth control section with a triple surgeon. This knot will serve as a stop for your split shot.

 Setting up an indicator rig step 3 

4) Tie on the first fly of your Indicator rig.

Use a clinch not to tie on the first fly of your indicator rig. I generally put the larger or heavier fly first on my indicator rigs. Use more wraps on your clinch knot when using fluorocarbon.

Setting up an indicator rig step 4

5) Attach dropper fly section for your indicator rig.

Use a clinch not to tie on the dropper fly tippet to the bend of your first fly. Use 1x lighter than whatever you used for your top fly. This ensures that whenever you get snagged your indicator rig you will only break off what you have to.

 Setting up Indicator Rig step 5 

6) Attach the dropper fly of your indicator rig.

Use a clinch not to tie on the dropper fly of your indicator rig.

 Setting up Indicator Rig step 5   

7) Add split shot to your indicator rig.

Whatever you were thinking about add more.  I usually use at least 2 bb’s on my indicator rig.

 Setting up Indicator Rig step 7 

8) Attach your Indicator.

Loop on the indicator on the fly line side just above the knot of the tapered leader and depth control section of you indicator rig.

 Setting up Indicator Rig step 8 

Setting up Indicator Rig step 9

Setting up Indicator rig step 10

Setting up Indicator rig step 11

Congratulations! You just built a highly effective indicator rig. When you need to get deeper simply move you indicator closer to your fly line. Conversely, when you need to fish shallower move your indicator closer to your split shot.  Make sure to give your flies plenty of time to sink. To do this, cast your line upstream and make sure to give it a good mend. Any drag will make your flies float to the surface.

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