Today we’ve got another in our long line of ‘Expert Rig’ posts – giving you a detailed look at how various career anglers set up their stuff when they go fishing.
Michael White – Simms/Ross/Idylwilde rep, former Alaska guide, music trivia boy genius – likes fishing with us at Chile West. Here’s his rig for a typical day of trout fishing in Southern Chile.
You’ll notice there’s nothing revolutionary here – it’s all nail knots and clinch knots and floating lines and 5 weights. Maybe you’ll learn something and maybe you won’t, but it’s always good to know that simple works, right?
- Ross Essence FC 590-4 Rod
- Ross Evolution LT #2 Reel
- SA Sharkskin Line, 5 weight
- 20 pound dacron backing, attached to the spool with an arbor knot
- Fly line attached to the backing with a nail knot
- 7 1/2 foot 3x Rio tapered leader, tied to the front of the fly line with a nail knot
- Idylwilde Chubby Chernobyl tied directly to the leader with an improved clinch knot
- 18 – 24 inches of 4x Rio Fluoroflex Plus tied to the bend of the hook with an improved clinch knot
- #6 Idylwilde Tungsten 20 incher tied to the dropper leader with an improved clinch knot
- “The Essence FC is a middle price point rod in Ross’s lineup, but I really like the action that it has. It’s fast-action, with a really nice tip that helps turn over lots of different kinds of rigs.”
- “I think that Sharkskin line is just the best casting line out there. It’s slick and, just like the rod, helps get things turned over nicely.”
- “I fish dry/dropper rigs a lot in Chile. The giant dries raise a lot of fish down there, and the fact that they can float big tungsten nymphs is a huge bonus. If you vary the length of the leader to your dropper rig, you can fish all kinds of water in Chile really effectively with this setup.”
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