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Sooo I was reading an I_F article about trolling flies on sinking fly lines and was wondering if anyone else has tried. I fish from an overgeared boat most of the time so casting has always been a disaster, and I have a rod ready to try. I also know nothing about bug and fly lingo, but am considering wolly buggers, dahlberg diver, and also have a scuplin pattern. Whaddya think?
 

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Ive trolled from pontoons or belly boats..once from a canoe with some success. its a tactic ive used when it gets later in the day and the fish are not feeding to actively and move to deeper water...more or less just something to do instead of heading into shore. get the line waaay out and go slow. keep your rod tip up a bit and hold on to your rod or get a "rod keeper"...so you dont lose it when something hits or you get a snag. for patterns? mostly i use weighted wooley buggers or leech patterns...sometimes ive done it though with olive scuds or baetis nymphs over weedbeds...as long as you go slow it will work....

sink tip lines make it easier to get you flies down to the depth where the fish are...i use clear tip lines with heavier shorter leaders when i fish this way. its not neccisary though, a float tip with a long leader will work also...just use a weighted fly.
 

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Pistol Petes work great for trolling to. I have even trolled using a kick boat, but I kind of think its not fly fishing I only do wit when I'm crossing the lake or something.
 

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Trolling with buggers is a very effective way to fish trout lakes.
Nothing like slowly kicking around a lake, dazing off, enjoying the scenery, and all of a sudden a trout slamming that bugger.
I like to describe it as dragging a rope behind you and all of a sudden someone steps on it!
 

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We were trolling flies from belly boats @flaming gorge catching bos but every 3rd or 4th hit would be a 15-29 lb carp!Amazing action on a 6wt-after awhile we would get tired and break 'em off!
 

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Going to try aurora this saturday and will try trolling a bugger and use a small barrel weight in front of the swivel to get it down. Will post if it does any good.
 
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