Washing line

geo4316

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The washing line is not a method i have fished much so looking for some advice, if using a di3 line and a booby or FAB on the point does this stay on the surface or sink under? I was thinking this might be a good method if theres not much happening on the surface. Just cast out, then slow retrieve? Any advice on the washing line method is much appreciated
 

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You will be able to fish your flies through the layers by counting down in 5 second intervals before you start you retrieve. The point fly will eventually sink if the line is allowed to do k deep enough.

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George.If there is not much wind then an inter will do. but in windy conditions, you'll need a di 3. The point fly will sink/be subsurface. Fig of 8 retrieve with the inter. a bit faster with the Di 3 as it will continue to sink.

Jim

PS if the booby eyes are too big you might have to chop off a bit of the eyes to get it subsurface.
 

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George.If there is not much wind then an inter will do. but in windy conditions, you'll need a di 3. The point fly will sink/be subsurface. Fig of 8 retrieve with the inter. a bit faster with the Di 3 as it will continue to sink.

Jim

PS if the booby eyes are too big you might have to chop off a bit of the eyes to get it subsurface.
Are you better with a full sink/inter or will a 12/15ft sink/inter tip work ok?

Thanks Al
 

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Most of the guys I know who are regular washing-liners fish tip lines - anything from 3 ft to 15 ft. Sometimes they are on a full floater. 'Subtle' FAB or booby (not great big eyes) on the tail of a fluoro leader. The fluoro drags the FAB/booby well down during the retrieve.

They are fishing for fish that are invariably high in the water, though. If your fish hold at the depth a DI-3 gets to, then fine.

I notice the guys keep the rod tip raised-up high and let the fish hook itself by taking up the hanging slack. I can see why they do this. A couple of times I tried to copy them last year, I was trying to lift into the takes and missed far too many of them. Then I realised the thing with the high rod tip and don't react to the feel of the take.

Retrieve can be anything from simply taking up the slack and keeping in touch, to a brisk figure-of-eight.

Col
 

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For me the washing line works best on a midge tip or a floater when fish are feeding high in the water but it is effective across all densities of line. If a sink tip doesn’t pick you up fish a Fast glass is a good full sinking line to start with, just fish a booby with the correct level of buoyancy for what depth you want to achieve. As previously said you may need to cut a bit off of the eyes to sink the booby, otherwise you may want to sink the nymphs further but keep the booby high so may need bigger eyes.

Just experiment with foam sizes and leader lengths etc, you will find one that works.
 

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I wrote this for Fulling Mill a while ago.....Apologies for all the blatant references to their products....they added that - The content and description of the method is as good as I could get it so I hope it helps explain a little.

Oh 3ft Tip and 12ft Slow Tip are my " Go To" lines for the washing line from a boat...

A floater or 3 ft Tip from the bank

Very generally size 10 boobies with 4 or 5mm eyes are best as a point fly....or size 12 with 4mm eyes

The Washing Line Method is a generic term used to describe a floating point fly (usually a Booby, Fab or Popper Hopper) with nymphs on the droppers; it allows the angler to fish multiple flies in the killing zone.

It’s essential that you understand your tackle and flies and how slight changes in both can affect the depth you are fishing at, as it will allow you to increase your catch rate. Typically, this method is used when fishing a Floating, Midge Tip or Intermediate line when the fish are in the top 5ft of water. Although, it can be equally effective on faster sinking lines, usually down to a Di3

It’s fairly obvious that the larger the booby eyes (or amount of buoyancy in other patterns) then the higher the point fly will hold in the water.

However, the type and diameter of your leader material will play a huge part as to how the cast fishes and acts in the water…

The length of leader and spacings of flies will also drastically affect how deep your set up fishes, for example, a fluorocarbon leader with 7 – 10ft to the top dropper, then 2 further droppers spaced 3.5ft apart with a size 12 small eyed booby on the point (size 10 nymphs on the droppers ) will allow the angler to fish deeper than most anglers imagine – depths of 15 to 20ft are achievable with a slow retrieve in calm conditions. Although normally you would aim to fish the top 8ft of water

Washing line method
A buzzer feeder taken on the washing line method fished over weed-beds.

But for very shallow work, when the fish are concentrated in the top 3ft of water then you should opt for a copolymer leader, this is less dense and will not sink as fast as fluorocarbon, the leader should be shorter with 5ft to the top dropper then two further droppers spaced 3.5 ft apart (I would use size 12 or 14 nymphs on the droppers when fishing in the surface film)

However, you can just fish two droppers and a shorter leader if you are worried about tangles.

The size and type of fly will have a huge effect on how the leader fishes (epoxy buzzers will sink fast and pull the cast down, crunchers will hold up in the water, A size 10 fly (especially if tied on heavy wire hooks) will drag the cast down, including the point fly, allowing you to fish on the drop.

A simple range of flies in a range of sizes is all that is needed to cover a variety of depths depending upon conditions.
Washing line method
For the point fly, a booby is my preferred pattern to use, but a popper hopper is also a great way to keep the cast suspended when terrestrial insects are present.

If you find they are too heavy, try fishing smaller sizes to slow down sink rates.

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Washing Line Method

Make a long cast, then make 2 pulls to strip the flies, this will straighten the leader and ensure that you are in direct contact with your cast, allowing you to feel the slightest of takes. It will also cause the floating point fly to skate across the surface hopefully drawing attention from nearby fish to your flies.

All that’s needed then is an ultra slow figure of 8, basically keeping in contact with your flies (if fishing on the drop) or retrieving them at a slow pace, all your flies will be held at the correct depth for longer, increasing your chances.

I find that the washing line method is most successful once the water has warmed up, and the fish are on the move; from May to October on overcast days or late summer evenings.

I consider it the most consistent method for catching still-water trout.

The slow retrieve allows you to essentially fish a lure (the booby) and nymphs on the same cast. It increases your options as it allows you to fish two different styles of flies at the same time. The flies compliment each other perfectly all you have to do is fine-tune the method and get the depth right.
 
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