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“There are, however, a few disadvantages to this system in my opinion,” he said. “The biggest disadvantage is there are two more knots to tie and possibly fail on you. You have the main line knot to the swivel, the leader to the swivel and, of course, the knot for your fly. The other disadvantage is the fact you have to retie your fly if you

want to change its depth. The final disadvantage is the Coan’s bobber cost $5 per pair whereas the pear floats cost 25-cents apiece. “The third system, and the one I’ve developed over the years, is a combination of both systems,” he said. “This system employs a 1 1/4-inch diameter pear shaped float made by Plastilite and the rig is essentially the same as Nukols’ where I clip the float to the line. Because it’s a little larger in diameter it casts easier and with the leader lengths involved with this technique, anything that can assist in your cast is welcome. “Because the float is bigger and colored half yellow and half orange, it also makes it easier to decipher a ‘lift bite’ better than with the smaller floats. “Where Coans system comes into play with mine is with the use of a 3-way swivel,” he said. “But I don’t use the swivel to attach lines or the float. Because the size of the float is larger than in the other two systems, it has a tendency to list to the side if there is a decent wind. It’s important for the bobber to rest vertically in order to detect those ‘lift bites’. So, in order to make the bobber sit verti- cal in a wind, I clip a 3-way swivel in the bottom clip of the bobber. The swivel adds just enough weight to keep the float vertical yet when you do get that ‘lift bite’ the float will fall on its side. “The other advantage of the larger float is hook-up ratio,” he said. “With the small floats I have noticed subtle bites where the fish just messes with the fly. With the bigger cork, it gives some resistance and that makes the fish eat the bait harder. The fish really tank that bigger cork for some reason.”

lines and Flies

“Over the past few years lines have improved so much and this has actually helped me with this technique a lot,” Bucca said.


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September/October 2009