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Old 08-16-2012, 02:46 PM
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Ok, now that I've got your attention, I was wondering what your favorite way to fish the Green Weenie was? Do you fish the unweighted version, lead weight in the body, or beadhead? I've read where some guys drop an unweighted Weenie off the back of a dry as a dropper. If doing this, how long of a dropper as I would think an unweighted version wouldn't sink very fast. Also wondered if anyone high-sticked a weighted version or used an indicator? Split shot added?
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:07 PM
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Much like a dough ball. Throw it in the water and let it do its own work.
In seriousness, I use a little bit of wire weight on the shank when tying, and drop it off the back of a dry fly, no less than 12" (depending on water depth).
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:12 PM
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Wink I like my weenie leadless and preferably in the pink

color pattern.

Fishes quite well under the dropper

Usually start with 18-24 inches depending on stream size, then it gets shorter as the day goes on and I break.

I have a beaded and leaded version, but would save that for the winter months when you have to be on the bottom.

I believe Crockett fishes a combo line with a weighted and prefered that.

I also now tend to prefer non bead head tellico nymphs, pheasant tail, and prince nymphs so it may well just be whether your a bead head or not
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:01 PM
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Ducky, when you say you prefer non-beadhead, does that mean completely unweighted or just lead wire only. Also what did you mean when you said Crockett prefers a 'combo line'? Is this a tandem nymph rig with more than one nymph? Thanks. Just trying to learn more about the power of the 'Weenie.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:14 PM
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I like it completely unweighted.

Crockett fished a dry with a bead head weenie.

I have enough time getting good drift, and I think the bead head really drags my dry fly down in the water. There are times where they will still hit it, but at other times the trout are too picky and will only hit the high floating fly (hence the reason I go through about 8 bottles of Frog's Fanny a year)
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:16 PM
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I like it completely unweighted.

Crockett fished a dry with a bead head weenie.

I have enough time getting good drift, and I think the bead head really drags my dry fly down in the water. There are times where they will still hit it, but at other times the trout are too picky and will only hit the high floating fly (hence the reason I go through about 8 bottles of Frog's Fanny a year)
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:14 PM
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:36 PM
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I fish Green Weenies as a nymph, usually in tandem with another fly and a couple of split shot. That said, I have fished them upstream without any weight as well. That is a great way to hone your skills and become more in tune with the stream...
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Last time out, I fished a totally unweighted GW as a dropper off an EHC. It sank, it came up with the currents, it was all over the place and the brookies ate it up. The stream I was on had a variety of barely running water to very deep pools and I got hits in all sorts of conditions. There was only one instance where the fish took the dry instead of the GW. I've tried the bead head variety and they work fine but the variability of the unweighted seemed to be quite successful on this particular trip, particularly with the lower water levels.
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I tie all mine un-weighted and then add weight to the line as I go. I caught a really good one that was sitting in the Crusher hole just this passed Monday on a weenie and he was sitting in about 5 ft off water. He was sitting in a weird spot just off the main current and after 10 minutes of High sticking. I couldnt get him to take. I put on an Indictor and a weenie and he took the first drift. Pretty cool.I think the indicator let it stay in his face longer maybe.
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