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How to rig Peanut Flies Trolling with Dipsy Divers

     Friday, December 15, 2017
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The Dipsy Diver is a trolling sinker that allows multidirectional trolling. Like all planers, Dipsy Diver is held in planning position by a lead weight. The weight isDipsy Diver Diagram molded into an adjustable base plate. By rotating this plate to the right or left, it tilts the planning surface, causing the diver to move to either the port or starboard (left or right) side when trolled. Leaving the weight at center, the diver will then track straight behind your boat. Unlike lead weights attached to your fishing line, a diver loses its resistance in the water when tripped, allowing easy retrieval of your gear. This loss of pressure or drag also provides extra sport and enjoyment when fighting a fish as there will be almost no terminal gear resistance. Perhaps even more important, because the diver loses pressure against the water when tripped, fish are prevented from gaining leverage and throwing your hook. Another big advantage ofDipsy Diver Depth Chart divers over lead weights to easily get a lure down to a predetermined and repeatable depth, is that they act as fish attractors because of their color and shape. Dipsys Divers have a removable "O-Ring" which, when in position, creates extra planning surface and can deliver up to 20% more depth. The depth your diver attains will depend on trolling speed, diameter of line, length of line out and weight of your lure and or added attractor such as a dodger. Light lines and small lures will produce more depth while heavy lines and large lures and or dodgers will give less. It also is important to note that the angle of your line from boat to water DOES NOT indicate the position underwater of the Dipsy Diver. The table should be used to estimate the true side angleDipsy Diver Snubbers and location of the diver underwater. Snubbers can be used with Dipsy Divers. Snubbers are made of flexible material and are designed to stretch and flex when put under tension. This ability gives a cushion to the shock when a fish hits your lure behind the dipsy diver. There are a variety of styles and colors. There is also a debate whether they are needed at all. Most fishermen use snubbers. The rational is simple; they might not be needed when catching 3 to 5 pound fish, but are worth their weight in gold when a 15 to 30 pound fish slams your lure. Dipsy Divers used trolling with peanut flies for spring salmon and trout are usually set to run in the top 30 feet of water. Many times the most effective dipsy diver is only 10 to15 feet down off the side of the boat and can be seen looking over the side of the boat.

How to rig Peanut Flies Trolling with Dipsy Divers

Dodgers and Flashers for peanut flies Dodgers and Flashers are used with Peanut Flies. The leader length from the Dipsy Diver to your dodger or flasher is usually 4 to 5 feet. 20 to 40 pound test monofilament fishing line is used for the leader; fluorocarbon leader line is not needed. The top spring time dodger used is the Luhr Jensen size 00 Red #0077 dodger, which is 6 inches long. Action Flashers (Red, Orange and Chartreuse) are also popular. Stubby Dodgers from Gold Star / Silver Horde can also be used. The stubby dodger is 6 inches long but wider than the Luhr Jensen size 00 dodger and provides a more aggressive kick to the peanut flies. Size 0 (8 inch) dodgers are not used with peanut flies. Mini Spin Doctor Flashers ( 6 inch ) can be very effective trolled behind dipsy divers. There are a variety of red, chartreuse, and orange spin doctor flashers. Our favorite is the Coho Killer, with a very unique paint job.

Peanut Flies are tied directly onto treble hooks. Care must be used unhooking fishPeanut Flies with peanut flies in their mouths. Do not grab the thread or fly material directly with your pliers as it can destroy the fly. Leader length for peanut flies is 12-18 inches from the back of your dodger or flasher to the peanut fly. The colder the water temperature, the longer the leader length should be used. The leader material is open for debate and discussion, some use Fluorocarbon leader, most use regular fishing line. Most fishermen use 40 pound test fishing line (Ande or BigPeanut Fly Turned Game) as is gives a great snapping action to the peanut fly. Peanut Flies are tied with the knot at the top of the eye of the treble hook for the best action. Always check your fly whenever a fish hits and misses your fly. Sometimes the leader attached to the fly can slide on the eye of the treble hook or become "turned". That turned fly will never catch a fish and becomes a wasted rod. There are many popular color patterns for peanut flies: Two Tone, Next Generation, Blue Green Gold, Black, Coho Candy, Green Liz, and Little Boy Blue are some of the favorite patterns.

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