Bung tactics Col.Mohito eggstacy/Sockey eggstascy/Cat bug.Good going, Jim. What were you getting them on?
I ended-up accepting a last-minute invite to have a day on Coldingham yesterday. It was decidedly cool and a lot brighter and breezier than the forecast. It was slow-going with all the various stuff we tried - nymphs, washing-line, etc. However, there was an occasional cowdung about, and we were seeing the occasional rise. We ended-up going over to dries and catching the majority of our fish on them. Poor conversion rate though - too many 'fresh air' shots. But the fish will have seen a lot by now - nervous Neryses, the lot of them! The evening rise took place just as the light was going... about 2:30 p.m!
I was blummin' glad to get the car heater on going back down the road.
Had my new specs on. Jeezo - what a difference. I can tie a fly on like I could when I was young. I had no idea I was needing a new prescription so much!
Anglers have been bung fishing ever since I can remember but the only thing is, this form of fly fishing never had a name.He has converted to the dark side!
Bung fishing? Jim! Jim! Jim!
I am perfectly aware of the fact that bung fishing is often described as a form of float fishing but have often wondered, those anglers that a are saying this, do they themselves use floating lines?Dont I just know that!
Fish a big bouyant dry as first dropper many a time, with good results.
But the bung as often described, is just another method of float fishing!
Just arrived back home off the lower slopes of the Campsie Fells with the dogs. The tup's in the field are having a great time of it, there are pheasants everywhere but there won't be as many next week for it is the first shoot on the estate on Saturday. With very little shooting done last winter there should be some good pheasant centre tails on the go. A friend of mine has 8 working dogs where his services are always in demand therefore have asked him to keep me centre tails off any old pheasants. You have really got to wait until after Boxing Day to get the very best tails for by then the birds will have completed their moult.With all due respect Endrick, there is a rather large difference between the tip of a floating line and a one inch block of polystyrene when it comes to take registration and it’s ability to hold up one or two weighted flies.
As one who was used to using the line tip or floating leader butt as my visual take indication, I can say that I was astonished at just how much more efficient an “indicator” was at the job in comparison.Even the takes which I knew from experience were of the subtle variety, were now glaringly obvious.
We can call it what we want but we all know what it is and the choice to use it or not, should always be a personal one.
Fair play John I’m the same myself in some regards, it should all be about enjoying ourselves at the end of the day and we all have ways we like to go about it. For the record,I’m not interested in bung fishing either as it takes me over a line that I’m not comfortable crossing....but that’s my problem,no one else’s...ATBBack to bung fishing Jimmy, as I have never tried proper bung fishing will take your word for it. As I also explained I have always used a dry fly as my bung but can no longer see it. It would be quite simple to tie up one of those high viz things but to be truthful am not really that interested. When I go fishing I completely switch off where I do my own thing. Always having been a loner, when out fishing I am perfectly happy in my own company, when out with the dogs I am perfectly happy having their company, I don't like to meet up with anyone on the water or on the hills. It is of no interest to me whatsoever what other people are doing or what they are catching on, I have always figured things out for myself for I find this the best way of learning.
Anyway Jimmy thanks for that information, much appreciated.
Tight lines and screaming reels.
Anglers have been bung fishing ever since I can remember but the only thing is, this form of fly fishing never had a name.
To my mind too.FWIW, just my own way of doing 'the naming of parts', John...
I think the term bung should be kept for things that are used as artificial floats that have no other purpose than to suspend flies vertically below them in the water column. In other words, they are doing the same job as a coarse fishing float that is used to suspend the bait vertically below it in the water column. That is what the word 'bung' now most commonly refers to in a fishing context, so using it to describe other things, such as dry flies, I reckon is asking for confusion.
A bubble float certainly constitutes a bung, but for me a dry fly is never a bung. I never use one as a float to suspend flies vertically underneath it. If I was to fish the 'Klink and dink', I might have a decision to make, though the Klink is there to catch fish too, so it differs from a float in that acting as a float is not its sole purpose. However, I am not a Klink and dink fisher, so that problem doesn't come up. I might use a bushy sedgehog or a foam daddy on the end of a washing-line rig, in place of the usual booby or FAB, but I would never call that a 'bung'.
I do use visual aides, such as watching the end of a greased-up fly-line. Also, a small piece of red wool or other sight-indicator on a Czech nymphing rig helps to spot the line lifting with a take. And occasionally, when nymphing, I will add a small piece of red wool at the end of the fly line when the light is making it impossible to see the tip of the fly line. But none of these are interfering with the travel of the flies through the water.
While I never add buoyancy (or weight) to the line or leader, I freely use weighted flies and flies with added foam buoyancy. Some folk draw the line at that practice.
As Jimmy says, we all draw our own line in the sand that we choose not to cross when it comes to what constitutes 'fly fishing'.