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Off the Hook (10/27/2007)I saw a guy fishing from his dock with a fly rod. Instead of fly fishing, he was using a small spinning reel and launching his bait with the fly rod. Has anyone tried this method before?
Best when used with a closed face reel. That tell you anything.
 

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While out West Trout fishing, there were times that there were either too many trees or bushes to use my fly rod from the bank. In such cases I would use either my ultra-lite/light rod and reel to cast a fly out. Since the fly or Salmon egg was too light for any distance I used a bobber as pictured below. They come in all sizes. The center will slide out and you can dunk it in the water and add some for weight. Using a small rubber bobber stopper and split shot enables the bobber to slide down the line thus not having 4'-6' hanging and trying to cast.



 

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I've used this before with a pack-type graphite fly rod and a small Shimano spinning reel for trout and salmon up in Alaska. It works well if you can match a smaller-type spinning reel for the particular weight fly rod. I caught several trout and salmon in the Kenai River and a salmon or two in Prince William Sound with that outfit so I'm sure it could handle specks.

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I've tried it for trout in W.Va. streams where I grew up.

I've also seen it recommended as a way to toss light, soft-plastic baits to spooky reds and bones in S. Fla.

I currently use a 8.5 ft. steelhead rod to do the samething, the extra distance means more shots at spooky, shallow water reds. This combination is also good for tossing live bait a longer distance without killing it or having fly off the hook.

I've also used a bubble-type bobber to lob flies to trout under dock lights. Sometimes they'll tear up a fly, but no other artifical (live shrimp usually work, though).
 
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