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Trout jigging rig

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:52 pm
by dwmonty
With opening day for the high country lakes next weekend and the wife having said I can have a day off to go to the Lake Coleridge fishing competition I need some advice.
I know that you can buy ready made trout jigging rigs but since I have suitable flies and plenty of leader can anyone tell me what knots to use to tie my own rig?
I have been able to find info online saying to use 10lb main line and to put the flies about 1m apart on 30cm droppers, but no mention of dropper line weight or knots.
Thanks
Dale

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:25 pm
by YakFisho Snapps
YakfisherKarl should be able to give you some handy tips but i reckon hes busy chaseing saltwater species :P ...

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:34 pm
by Ruff as Gutts
Im in the same boat(yak) as you mate, a tonne of flies but no info on rigging them up. I was just going to buy a pre made one but saltwater fishing has been hot at the moment!

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:26 am
by MikeAqua
Dropper or surgeon's loops, cut one side of the loop, trim to length and snell or uni or improved clinch onto the flies.

If your dropper loop is well tied and you leave a small tag it won't slip.

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:27 pm
by dwmonty
So I take it that I should just use 10lb all the way through then. Had never thought of just cutting the loop. Off to the garage to grab some line and see what happens.
Thanks
Dale

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:51 pm
by Ruff as Gutts
dwmonty did you see outdoors with jeff two weekends ago? had some good tips on jigging! Just not how to tie them. also can you post a pic of your rig and the big ass Rainbow you catch!! :rock:

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:29 pm
by dwmonty
Will definitely post pics of any catch but first I have to hope fot fine weather (not looking good at the moment).
Had a go at tying some droppers last night with some crappy heavy line. The theory seemed to work so heading out to get my good leader now.
Cheers
Dale

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:35 pm
by MikeAqua
Theory .... pffft .... was tying those in the 90's :P

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:43 pm
by dwmonty
:lol: I can happily say I was still at school in the 90's.....well part of the 90's.
Have tied one leader about 3m long which was the length I found listed online with three droppers on it. Then had enough line to tie a spare one with just two droppers.
Only problem now is the forecast:

Saturday - 2 November
Fine apart from evening cloud about the foothills.
Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest 30 km/h.
Wind at 2000 metres: Strong southwest 50 km/h easing evening.
Free air freezing level: Gradually rising to 2000 metres.

Hope the metservice are wrong!

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:31 pm
by dwmonty
Woohoo. Metservice have changed the forecast to fine with light winds :clap:
Off to pack my gear.

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:03 pm
by dwmonty
No real trip report to give, metservice got it wrong and all boats were blown off the lake by lunchtime. One long paddle in to the wind and a drift back resulted in no botes. Waves breaking over the back of the yak while drifting wasn't much fun so called it a an early day and went home.

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:42 pm
by AndrewRawlingson
that's a shame. i'm always amazed at how bad conditions can get on lakes.

Re: Trout jigging rig

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:47 pm
by dwmonty
Yeah and Coleridge has a fearsome reputation. The norwester rolls down off the alps, gets funelled down the Wilberforce valley then squeezed between two moutains on to the lake. Windsurfers love it as they can get surf conditions without having to be close to the beach. Not so good for yakfishers though.