Kokanee trolling leaders….how long to make them? There’s a really easy answer! Watch the vid:
Fish, Lies and Video Screens…are you getting the most out of your fish finder?
See if this little scenario sounds a bit familiar to you:
You’re out on the water and you’re marking a bunch of fish on your graph. The fish are absolutely thick beneath the boat and you’ve got your gear plowing right through them…yet…you’re not getting bit. You’ve tried altering the depth of your lures to no avail and you have also been through the “trying everything but the kitchen sink” routine and have still yet to find something in your box that the fish want to eat. You can see the fish down there but it’s like they’re collectively flipping you the bird. Looking at all those schools of fish pass under the boat is kinda like the movie JAWS 4…so bad, you just can’t bear to watch anymore.
Believe me, this is the kind of stuff can get in your head, too. To skunk out on a day when there are tons of fish around has a tendency to eat away at your confidence and keep you up at night, pondering what you could have done differently.
But don’t take it too hard, amigo. You probably didn’t do anything wrong except believe a big fat lie.
Kokanee salmon are more popular these days than Taylor Swift. And hey… they’re abundant, fun to catch, taste great on the grill… what’s not to love? You just need a few basics to get you started… and then you’ll be off and running.
When downrigger fishing, do you really know exactly how deep you are fishing?
Despite the fact that downrigging is called “controlled depth fishing,” there’s some room for error here.
Say you’re out on some large reservoir chasing kokanee. You’re dragging a chartreuse Needlefish behind a 4/0 dodger. The whole rig’s running 35 feet behind the downrigger ball. On your graph, you notice a school of fish at 50 feet and you drop your weight down to 48 feet so you’ll be just above the fish and in their collective window of vision.
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Okay, so the die-hard purist fluff chuckers may not approve of this, but one of the best ways to catch trout in the high country in the early season is to troll flies on light spinning tackle.
It’s an extremely deadly technique when the fish are up near the surface and I’ve had some memorable days in the Sierras dragging feathers and glue around. It’s a relatively simple technique, but there are a couple little things you can do to improve your success….
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