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Noctilio  
#1 Posted : Monday, May 20, 2019 12:58:01 PM(UTC)
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Hi all,
I have recently learned about casting bubbles but have never used one. I was wondering if any of you have experience using this device with a fly. If so, could you please let me know your thoughts. Oh by the way I’m not on the forum every day so I might not respond immediately. Thanks in advance though.

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#2 Posted : Monday, May 20, 2019 4:50:49 PM(UTC)
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I've never used a casting bubble in the Driftless Area, but don't see why it wouldn't work. The problem is that you want that nymph (because that's what I imagine would be the best thing to use with a casting bubble) to stay right down near the stream bed, bud changes in the water level mean that it'll be tough to know you're down far enough. I know I'm low enough when I can feel the fly tick on the bottom, holding up sometimes as it passes a branch or rock.
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#3 Posted : Monday, May 20, 2019 11:47:59 PM(UTC)
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Hi bob, thanks! I wouldn’t necessarily use the bubble in the driftless. Out of curiosity in what situations do you find it effective or ineffective?
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:06:13 PM(UTC)
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Like I said, I haven't used one, but it seems possible to use on long stream runs or lake fishing.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:46:05 PM(UTC)
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Hiya -

Casting bubbles are pretty dang handy actually. I've had my kids use them with a fly when they were younger, and they do work that way. I just had them drift woolly buggers and soft hackles with them. I use them sometimes fishing smallies in really clear water to get some casting distance for weightless plastics.

A couple pointers...

- you can adjust the buoyancy by adding water to them. Note thought that the more water you add the louder they land, so you kind of have to plan your casts accordingly.
- rig them with the pointy end pointing toward your rod tip. They're a lot more sensitive that way. When the point tips up a little, it's a fish.
- get the clear ones.
- Try dead drifting a small light spoon under one sometime... ThumpUp
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:21:55 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the info. I’m not sure how I’m going to use this but I’m going to experiment a little.
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