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ACHIEVING DEPTH: GIVE IT A ‘SHOT
One of the most important lessons that all fly anglers learn at some point or another is that the depth of your presentation matters just as much, if not more, than the presentation itself. You can achieve the most natural drag-free drift imaginable, but if it’s floating two feet above a fish that doesn’t feel like moving, you’re going to be met with disappointment. This is why we add weight. .
Before diving into this topic, I’ll preface it by saying that adding weight isn’t the ONLY way to achieve depth (smaller tippet, longer leader, sink tip line, etc, etc.), but it certainly is an effective one. .
Perhaps I was naive, but for some reason, I overlooked the importance of splitshot as a tool when I first got into fly fishing. I figured, if I need to get deep, I can use a beadhead, a smaller tippet, sink tip line, and all the other mechanisms that allow you to squeeze out a bit more depth to your drift. While this was true, adding splitshot is a quick and easy way to adjust your depth, and if you’re fishing varying depths, the ability to adjust with removable ‘shot is a lot faster than tying on an entirely new leader or tippet. When the water is fast, sometimes a simple bead head isn’t enough, and you’ll need something else to get that extra kick. .
There is such a thing as “too much” when it comes to splitshot, as it can be quite visible, affect the movement of your fly, and hamper your casting. But how much is too much? .
Ideally, you want to use as little splitshot as you can to get your fly where it needs to be. It’s easier for a fish to move up slightly to intercept your fly than it is to rummage on the bottom, so if you find yourself dragging the bottom consistently, try losing a bit of weight. If you’re drifting and NEVER ticking the bottom, experiment with a little added weight. In most situations, you want your fly right in the “sweet spot” right around or slightly above eye level for a fish on the bottom. As you gain experience, you’ll be able to make an educated guess as to how much to add. If you guess wrong, just adjust until you’ve fine-tuned it to the desired depth. .