When it comes to fishing with artificial flies every angler knows how effective they can be as bait for various species of fish from trout to largemouth bass, but at the same time everyone also knows that to fish artificial flies you need to use specialized fly fishing gear. As a matter of fact, many trout fishing tips involve some manner of fly fishing. The fact that fly fishing involves the use of “fly fishing” gear has always meant that unless a whole bunch of gear is purchased and a whole new style of fishing is learned, fly fishing hasn’t been an option for traditional spin fishermen.
In this article I will introduce you to a fly fishing technique for fishing a fly with spinning gear. That’s right, there is a way to fish an artificial fly with traditional spin fishing gear and it involves something called a casting bubble. A casting bubble is a small plastic “bubble” that attaches to your fishing line (in a similar manner to a slip bobber) and can be filled with water. The casting bubble is filled (or partially filled) with water to add weight to your rig, giving you the ability to cast a lightweight artificial fly effectively. The main problem with trying to fish an artificial fly with traditional tackle and gear is the fact that artificial flies weigh next to nothing and a casting bubble solves this problem.
So, how does this fly fishing technique work? Well let me explain. First of all, as I said just a moment ago a casting bubble is the first piece of tackle that is needed. It is slipped onto your fishing line and a swivel is added as a ‘stopper’ for the casting bubble. Now a tapered leader is added to the opposite end of the swivel and an artificial fly of your choice is added to the end of the leader.
A casting bubble has a small rod through the middle of it that can be depressed to let water into the bubble itself when it is being submerged in the water. This fly fishing technique can be used with both wet and dry flies. If the casting bubble is filled half way full of water it will float and a dry fly is the best course of action. If the bubble is filed completely with water it will sink, thus giving you the ability to fish a wet fly effectively. In either case, while using a wet of dry fly this technique is definitely the best technique for fishing artificial flies with spinning gear.
As with any fly fishing technique, or traditional fishing technique, the key to the whole deal is practice. The more time you can spend on the water practicing this manner of fishing, the more effective it will be for you. Although effective for many species of fish, this technique is certainly one of the best trout fishing tips that you will ever receive. It is especially effective when fishing for any species of freshwater trout.