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stripping cracklebacks

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Stripping these on sinking lines is very productive. Is there any advantage to this or will a simple split shot work just as well. I'm trying to figure out if i want to invest in a new line. 

 

My use of cracklebacks at BSSP has been the old style--a fast strip as soon as it hits the water, or let it drift dry and then retrieve it back. 

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I have full sink lines and sink tip and very rarely use either. My thoughts are sinking lines suit me better in still water (time to count it down and line won't be carried away from target) and jig (including beadheads and clousers as jigs) or shot suit me much better in fast water, even in moderate flow. But then each of us are different. Spare spool or spare reel  make less to tote and can be swapped out in minutes. Water depth is another factor when thinking of sinking or floating lines, I don't usually go over ten feet deep.

I think of cracklebacks  as surface flies.

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Airflo polyleaders work well.  come in various sizes and sink rates from floating to extra fast sink.  Have used them with great success at Bennett with cracklebacks and leech/woolly patterns. quick change out if you want to throw a dry or terrestial too.  just like taking off a standard leader.

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4 hours ago, fshndoug said:

can't even tell you how many fish I have caught on a crackleback or woolie bugger with my sinktip or sinking line at Bennett or Taney

He could probably guess how many, but no one would believe him. I have watched him catch half of them.

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Actually that technique at BSSP is way over rated........ so over rated that you can't hardly get into the hole above the dam.  

 

One of the most productive techniques that I use, but don't tell anyone.

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