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Bobber Down!

Sean Visintainer - 06/07/17

Fly Fishing the Spokane River west of downtown Spokane.

Add more to your bottom line with a swing

Bobber down! I chuckle every time my buddy Mark yells that while we are steelheading. It's a total gear fishing saying and I know how much that pisses off some fly elite so I like to blurt it out too while I bobber, excuse me, "indicator" fish. I love all types of fishing / fly fishing, but that annoying argument is for another article. This quick post is about indicator fishing on the Spokane River and how you can improve your success rate with one simple technique.

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The Spokane River has excellent caddis hatches from May through fall.

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You typically will catch more fish subsurface on the Spokane River.

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Spokane River is home to redband rainbow trout, essentially small steelhead that have not gone to the ocean (cuz they can't).

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Caddis swim to the surface and hatch the instant they hit the film. They do not have to dry their wings like mayflies.

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Redbands react like steelhead, they love to chase swung flies.

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Swing your nymphs at the end of the drift and you will be yelling BOBBER DOWN more often!