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Hi I have 2 questions about drift fishing rigs if someone could help me out:

When using wool what knot do most people use to tie the hook? Is it the same egg loop when using roe?

Also Ive seen that many people use pencil lead at the bottom of their main line right above their swivel. But a website I was looking at suggested using different shotting patterns for a more natural drift. Is this not necessary to fish in BC? Does anybody else do this?
http://www.fishonlineca.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=54

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Hi I have 2 questions about drift fishing rigs if someone could help me out:

When using wool what knot do most people use to tie the hook? Is it the same egg loop when using roe?

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Yes, same knot. Just insert about an inch long piece of wool, then pull the line really tight to cinch the wool down. Pinch the wool at the eye of the hook with your thumb and forefinger and trim it down with a pair of sharp scissors. When completed, your little wool tie should be all puffed up and look like a single salmon egg. Here's an added tip. Try two pieces of wool in different colors. Once everything is trimmed down, I think you'll find the contrast in colors is a nice way to go...

As for the second question, what Krypto said...

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For the knot i think that most people use a bait loop. There is more pencil lead used than shot but personally i prefer the shot as i think it gives a better drift. One of the down sides to shot is that they tend to come off easier than pencil lead so you will lose more lead into the environment.
 

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I think most of the guys use shot also fish roe mostly as fishing roe with shot will give you the best drifts (for roe) but when using anything even roe a chunk of pencil lead works just fine and this way you can go from shallow water to deep water no problem. I personally dont use shot, its to much of a pain to me, i have tried it but dont like it at all. On small slower flows then i will switch to shot because lead is just to much then.
 

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i like lead, because when i hold back on my drift to detect strikes it stays in the zone, where split shot will rise up. I also like pencil lead because its down in the zone fast, as soon as it hits water its down.
 

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the other problem i see with split shots along your line like that is that you have all that excess line to cast out that is already extended past your rod tip,making casting in tight areas difficult.with pencil lead all you have is your leader length to cast
 

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i use the bait loop for everything from roe to wool as for shot i use it when the water is slower and clear and lead when its faster or dirtier conditions
 

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An alternative to lead shot and pencil lead are slinkys. These are lead ball that vary in several sizes and are inserted int parachute chord. There are fewer hangups on the bottom( if you are not using a float and are drift fishing) and presents a more natural drift. I tend to use this system for steelhead and in clear water. It seems to spook less fish. I make these up in my spare time in various weights and lenghts and have found that it works for most water conditions.
 

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Thanks for all of the tips.

One more question....I noticed some people put a little foam ball on their hook after they have attached Roe? It gives the hook some buoyancy so it doesn't drag the bottom and keeps the roe on better...Is this something that other people use and find helpful too?
 

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foam ball? this could possibly be what is called a "trout bead" but it might also be a corky :confused: I would imagine its to help the hook stay off bottom but also to show something there when the roe starts to get torn apart by current or casting.
 

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for some of the upper river deep swirly runs shot can be nice when rigged properly to get a nice drift. that being said pencil lead with roe is better than split shot. splitties are good for bait that are more buoyant like sand shrimp imo.
 
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