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Good Morning I am coming down to Taney later this week and staying just below fall creek resort on the opposite side of the lake. I've fished it in a boat hundreds of times so i know there is a shallow flat over there that is only a foot or two deep and drops out to 4 or 5 feet. It is also a little slower water as the river bends on the bluff bank so this shallow flat is somewhat slower water. I'm hoping to wade a little bit even if they are flowing 2 units but i'm not sure if it will be possible or not. I have a dock i can fish off of regardless. My question is, what kinds of flies can i fish in that moving water, again it's going to be somewhat slower but still moving pretty good. Do i need to add some "shot" to the line and what sort of flies can I fish in that sort of water?  lastly where is a good place to place the "shot" on the line?  thanks in advance.

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1 minute ago, Travis Swift said:

 Good Morning I am coming down to Taney later this week and staying just below fall creek resort on the opposite side of the lake. I've fished it in a boat hundreds of times so i know there is a shallow flat over there that is only a foot or two deep and drops out to 4 or 5 feet. It is also a little slower water as the river bends on the bluff bank so this shallow flat is somewhat slower water. I'm hoping to wade a little bit even if they are flowing 2 units but i'm not sure if it will be possible or not. I have a dock i can fish off of regardless. My question is, what kinds of flies can i fish in that moving water, again it's going to be somewhat slower but still moving pretty good. Do i need to add some "shot" to the line and what sort of flies can I fish in that sort of water?  lastly where is a good place to place the "shot" on the line?  thanks in advance.

              Travis,

  There are more that can answer better than me but here is my take. If you are going to be stationary  swing some flies, buggers streamers. It will be fast.  Use indicators in seams and eddies. Again depending on where you are set up mending will be critical to a natural drift. If boating indicator with deep flies a couple in tandem. Drift this rig along the side of the boat. Mend line to keep the drift the same as the boat. As far as weight shot off the bottom or up the line or weighted flies to get them down. Good luck buddy!

   BilletHead

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26 minutes ago, BilletHead said:

              Travis,

  There are more that can answer better than me but here is my take. If you are going to be stationary  swing some flies, buggers streamers. It will be fast.  Use indicators in seams and eddies. Again depending on where you are set up mending will be critical to a natural drift. If boating indicator with deep flies a couple in tandem. Drift this rig along the side of the boat. Mend line to keep the drift the same as the boat. As far as weight shot off the bottom or up the line or weighted flies to get them down. Good luck buddy!

   BilletHead

Thanks for the tips Marty.  It's great to hear from you......I seen a picture of you on facebook from last week and you had a spinning rod in your hand.....wth?  ahahahah :) 

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5 minutes ago, Travis Swift said:

Thanks for the tips Marty.  It's great to hear from you......I seen a picture of you on facebook from last week and you had a spinning rod in your hand.....wth?  ahahahah :) 

           Sometimes when you are in Rome (Jig Fest) you do as the Roman's do (spin and jig) . I give my buddies a ration of crap and they give it back. Wouldn't have it any other way Travis!

BilletHead

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Use what Chuck calls the "handicapped rig." A float with weight 6-10" above an egg fly and scud dropper (about 12-18" off the egg). You'll need weight. You want the flies on the bottom, where they are naturally occurring. Depending on water flow, use a BB or AAA, or combination of any size until you get bit. You want the float to be, usually, about twice the depth above the flies. So if you are fishing 4 feet of water, have the float 8 feet above your flies. 

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6 minutes ago, Travis Swift said:

Ryan would this be a good scenario to throw the mega worms that I tied up?  just throw them up current and let them tumble back on the bottom with the current? 

Yea that would work. I would use a float, though. Or a San Juan or chamois. Or just throw a jig if push comes to shove hah.

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8 minutes ago, Ryan Miloshewski said:

Yea that would work. I would use a float, though. Or a San Juan or chamois. Or just throw a jig if push comes to shove hah.

I plan to throw a jig, swimbaits, jerkbaits etc also but wanted to try a catch a few on the ol' fly rod as well :) 

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We usually throw right up on the bank with our jigs and jerkbaits when fishing that stretch and get most of our bites up shallow. Don't feel like you have to get out as far as possible to get bit.  I'd think swinging a streamer and letting it swing all the way until it's directly down stream of you and then stripping it back close to the bank would produce bites.

I'm not sure which dock you'll be able to fish off of, but we catch a lot of fish all the way from Fall Creek down to Short Creek up next to the bank in between the docks.

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8 minutes ago, Seth said:

We usually throw right up on the bank with our jigs and jerkbaits when fishing that stretch and get most of our bites up shallow. Don't feel like you have to get out as far as possible to get bit.  I'd think swinging a streamer and letting it swing all the way until it's directly down stream of you and then stripping it back close to the bank would produce bites.

I'm not sure which dock you'll be able to fish off of, but we catch a lot of fish all the way from Fall Creek down to Short Creek up next to the bank in between the docks.

that's one of my favorite stretches as well seth when they are running water and your correct, they get up really shallow there.  it's always good for bites.  we are staying on the dock that has the treestumps/brushpiles that stick out of the water right in front of them.  those are always hot spots. 

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