Adding a split shot below or above your fly pattern adds weight, which will get sink your pattern faster to get to the optimal feeding zones more quickly. This also allows you to make more extended drops, and paired with the correct amount, can make the fly pattern sink in gradually and attract those elusive fish.
How far should split shot be from Hook?
Apply the shot about 1 to 2 feet up the line from the hook. Put on just enough weight to get your offering to the bottom or close to it in a slow decent. As a rule of thumb I put on enough weight to get my bait to the bottom in 30 seconds.
Does split shot damage line?
There is probably a huge trade-off with split shot between hardness and lack of line damage. The softer the shot, hence little line damage, is usually less dense so you need larger individual pieces, whereas harder shot is more dense but may also damage your line.
Does split shot weaken line?
Let’s start with the easy tip. Don’t use too much pressure when applying split shot. The shot should not be mashed down onto the line.. Because it causes line damage, and it’s too hard to get it back off.
How do you keep a split shot from sliding?
Most anglers try to avoid this by tying a triple surgeon’s or blood knot above their tandem nymph rig, and attach the split-shot above that. The knot keeps the split-shot from sliding down to the flies during fly casting, and it only has to be snugly secured, which limits the chances of it damaging the tippet.
Whats a split shot rig?
Revisiting the split-shot rig As simple as it sounds, a split-shot rig consists of three items: a hook, a small split-shot sinker, and a soft plastic bait of your choosing. Texas rig your favorite plastic on the hook and pinch a small split shot however far above the bait you want. That’s it.
Can you reuse split shot?
These split shots are removable simply by pinching the ‘ears’ on back to open the shot. You can reuse them later.
Does the weight go above or below the hook?
Hook, Line, and Sinker Tie on a fish hook. Attach 1 or 2 sinkers, 6 to 12 inches above the hook. This weight will keep your bait or lure down in the water and will help swing it away from shore.
How heavy should your sinker be?
In general, you should use a lighter weight sinker in shallower water, and deeper water requires heavier weight. For shallow water, a ⅛-ounce weight works well to create a slow-falling lure action. In deeper water that is up to 20 feet, it’s best to use between ¼ to ⅜-ounce sinker weights.