River fishing with shrimp How to set up properly??
Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:28 PM
--just a guess but from observing shrimp in aquarium.. when forraging they walk forward.. fleeing may use tail to pulse backward but often still tend to run forward rather than swim..so I'd say rig the shrimp the way you intend to fish it.
--If slow drift along bottom hook shrimp front.. if faster drift or mid water may want to try from tail. Some people just fish the tail no head etc.
--I haven't used shrimp as bait much but have some soft plastic... tail immmitation and also fly immitations... again.. some fly's tied eyes toward line others eyes toward back of hook... for use in different situations.
--Think you could also wacky rig.. hook in middle because if shrimp was in current it would likley be tumbling along with current and not even necessarily upright.
I'm sure you'll get many other oppinions.
--Always the PS... make sure bait legal in area you're fishing.. Regs sometimes change depending on season.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:38 PM
Rigging whole live sand shrimp
Sewing shrimp on with the leader
Looks to me like orientation is only useful for function in keeping the critters on the hook?
Can't seem to find any links that talk about binding them on though. I've never actually done it - I don't fish bait unless it's for sturgeon.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:34 AM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:51 AM
Clearer = smaller
Darker = bigger
Use a bait loop or Spider Thread to attach to the hook.
I usually add a small tuft of wool: peach, red, pink...........
I don't like hooking it in the middle of a whole shrimp as some do to make it spin.
I find this kinks up the leader even with a good swivel.
(Although some times I will add a small spin n glow to add some action.)
As pointed out by flyfishingcouple:
in the river a shrimp would be drifting along in the current like a piece of row or a worm not swimming.
So..... head first, tail first wouldn't neccessarily make or break the deal.
It's the scent and visibility that provide the ques (with a proper, natural drift)
I usually add salt to my shrimp to harden them up a bit, drain off the juice and roll them in a bit of borax.
I don't use procure for steelhead (as I usually add wool for the color) but I do occasionally for salmon.
Having said that Ghost/Sand shrimp can be quite effective for finicky fish but you can't buy them, you have to dig them, they have to be kept alive.
Used to use them often but not so much anymore.
A bit of a hassle and Not the best use of time for those learning the basics but If you have the time to try them go for it
BUT!!!!! they are not the magic bullet as some new folk seem to think.