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Glen Burton with is 24 lb. 10 oz. male Kamloops Rainbow Trout he wall mounted.  This fish was a 2 hour fish that had out 800 foot of line at one time and took countless long runs in a blinding snow storm on Lake Pend Oreille.

TYING FLIES SINCE 1967

FROM THE LAKES TO THE STREAMS FISH SHOO FLY

PLANER BOARD FISHING

When the water temperature reaches 50-55 degrees or below, trolling planer boards is a very efficient way to catch trophy sized fish on the surface.  (See diagram on Planer Boards & downriggers fishing page.)  This method of fishing takes learning and lots of practice.

 For Flies:  It takes chop on the water to make the planer boards and streamer flies to work properly.  Put your boards out 100-200 feet beside the boat.  Work with the length of your planer board line to make the proper action.  Proper board action makes the flies work properly.  I like the planer board line to make perfect circles, or an up and down motion (like a stair step action.)  Also known as walking the dog.  Work with the length of the planer board to achieve this action.  When chop on the water is rippled to 1 foot, put your boards out further.  When the chop is over 1 foot bring your boards in a little to get your action.

Speed:  2-2.6 knots  When water temperature is warmer the fish are more active.  Run a faster speed.  I rarely run my flies any faster than 2.6 knots.  However there have been many trophy sized fish caught at speeds of 3 knots and over.  When water temperatures cool down, run your flies at a slower speed.

Length of fishing line:  (Work with this.)  I have caught nice fish with line lengths as short as 50 feet, and as long as 300 feet behind the planer board.  Put your flies out your desired length and hook the line up to a planer board release clip.  Slide clip out the planer board line.  Make sure to run the outside lines longer than the inside lines to avoid tangle ups when the fish hits.  (Again see diagram on Planer Boards & Downriggers fishing page.)  Working with all of this information and practice, you will catch fish.

         

Planer Board Fishing Photos

Plugs and spoons on the planer board:  This method is much easier.  Deaden the action on the planer board as much as possible.  (Usually a much shorter planer board line.)  Put your plugs or spoons out your desired length say 150-300 feet.  Hook up to a planer board release clip and slide them out the planer board line as you would flies.  Troll plugs between 2-2.4 knots.  For spoons check the action on the spoon and speed  (because there are so many types, sizes, shapes, and weights) and use the proper speed before sliding the planer board release clip out the planer board line.  You do not need action on the planer board as you would with flies because plugs and spoons have their own action.  Our plugs and spoons also work well trolled straight behind the back of the boat.

Downrigger Fishing

Downrigger Fishing:  When fishing deeper water 40-? run shorter lines.  There is no need to run longer than 30 feet off the downrigger ball.  I often run plugs, or a flasher or dodger with a fly as short as 10 feet off the downrigger ball.  With flies, always use a flasher or dodger in front of the fly for depth fishing.  Flies need action to work.  A flasher or dodger will give them this action.  Flashers and dodgers give the flies attraction in deeper waters.  Use 18" of monofilament line between the flasher or dodger.  When running depths shallower than 40 feet, run your lures out farther 100-300 feet.  Fish can see and feel the boat, so run the lures out further.  Hook up the lures as you would with planer board fishing, only using downrigger release clips on the downrigger.  When stacking 2 rods on 1 downrigger, stack lures at least 12 or more feet apart.  (See diagram Planer Board & Downriggers fishing page.)

Lure Colors:  Dark day, dark colors.  Light day, light colors

Downrigger Fishing Photo  2 Rods Stacked on 1 Downrigger

 Using these methods takes time and practice.  Using these methods and working with them you will catch fish.  If you have any questions please call me at

(406) 295-8405 after 7:00 P.M. mountain time, or e-mail me at shoofly2@frontiernet.net

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    SHOO FLY FISHING CO. 1010 E. Missoula Ave. P.O. BOX 133   TROY, MONTANA 59935  PH. 406-295-8405
Steve & Denise Kalb Owners


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