Fly and Bubble Fishing – Frequently Asked Questions

Fly and Bubble Fishing – Frequently Asked Questions | By Nick Moran

A lot of people are aware of the power of the fly and bubble fishing technique. Yet many do not do very well when using it. This is because knowing the generalities of fly and bubble fishing is easy, but extracting the pesky details that make it work is something else altogether. In this article I’m going to go over some common questions that people have about fly and bubble fishing and provide some answers that will set you on the road to fly and bubble fishing success.

Can I use a home made float for fly and bubble fishing?

You may be able to get away for this for a while, but you won’t experience the same kind of success you could, if you where to just purchase a good fly casting bubble. Manufactured casting bubbles are created with certain features that homemade floats simply don’t have. The time it would take to incorporate those features into your float would be much better spent fishing, don’t you think?

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Can I use a regular bobber for fly and bubble fishing?

Yes, you could. But, you won’t be as effective at catching fish, as you would if you where using a proper casting bubble. This is mostly due to the size of bobbers in comparison to casting bubbles. But, the shape also has an effect. Fly and bubble casting bubbles are made to be opened so the weight of it can easily be adjusted. Does your bobber do this? Probably not. Forget the bobber. You will end up spooking more fish than you catch.

How long should my leader be?

The length of your leader when fly and bubble fishing will depend on the water that you are fishing and the fly that you are planning on casting. A good place to start is at four feet. If you are not getting any bites at four feet, then increase your leader accordingly.

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If you are going after trout, your leader needs to be fine. The more clear the water, the finer your leader needs to be to go undetected by the trout. For most trout applications I prefer to go from 4 lb test to as low as 1 lb test.

How do you cast the whole set up?

The easiest way to cast is off to the side, using a side arm tossing motion. This will help you avoid snapping of your lure (especially with some of the heavier subsurface flies) as commonly happens with fly and bubble fishing beginners.

If you want to know more about the fly and bubble technique and are ready and willing to master it, then go directly to The Spinning Fly: Mastering the Fly and Bubble Technique at For general spin fishing guidance, check out my blog
Nick Moran is an avid sportsman and author writing about hunting and fishing issues in the United States.
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