Booby Trout Flies have rolutionized many aspects of deep water trout fishing, often deadly on stillwaters both large and small. Boobies have a unique action all of their own when retrieved in short, sharp movements.
Booby Trout Fly Technique
Use a retrieve, pause, retrieve pause method. On the retrieve the fly sinks but on the pause it floats up because of the buoyant eyes of closed-cell foam. It is an action that is lethally attractive to rainbow trout. Fish them on a fast-sinking line and an ultra short leader. in this way this nymph fly can be presented just above the bottom, where the fish are often lying during early season. This buoyancy and the tail give it a tremendous enticing action.
- Start by fishing deep and slow in the morning, then as the day warms up start to fish your booby higher in the water. If you are catching weed use a longer leader to keep the booby higher in the water.
- Try two different boobies on the same cast, some days the point fly will work but on others days the the dropper catches the fish. Use a tip of mid action rod, definitely not use a soft rod as you will be unable to set the hook at a distance.
- Use a non or low stretch backing to help set the hook when fishing at distance. This will help your catch rate by converting more takes into fish.
- Striking sideways will produce a faster direct contact rather than the traditional upward strike. Leave your line sinking for 30 seconds when fishing deep.
- Give one big strip to create a disturbance before starting a slow figure of eight retrieve. In winter the main diet of trout will be fry or small black buzzers. Use a white or dark colored booby instead of a bright orange colored one.