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"Dapping the undercuts"

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Does anyone else "dap" the undercuts of streams and get the sh** scared out of them when a fish bumrushes the fly? While not purist fly fishing, there is something very alluring about dropping a weighted fly alongside the undercuts of a stream and waiting for the strike!

Posted on: 2012/3/5 16:31


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I'm not sure I can visualize what you're talking about.

Are you talking about standing a bit back on the cut bank and just plopping a nymph/etc into the water below?

Posted on: 2012/3/5 16:32
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Dapping may be the purest of it all. And yes, that is awesome when it happens.

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I'm not sure I can visualize what you're talking about.

He means not putting any line on the water, adding a little weight, and just kind of dunking. Usually used in tight quarters.

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To me, the purest form is tying on a dry fly, laying out a beautiful, delicate cast, and having a fish nail the fly. IMO, "dapping" is a bit more like baitfishing in a way, but damn, can it be a rush!

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I guess my comment should have been that it may be the first form of ff.

Posted on: 2012/3/5 16:39

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I stepped on an edge of a grass plot along our local retention pond and a four foot gator shot out.I stepped on a rock in the rip rap along the gallatin river and a 3 foot rattler crawled out.
Match you on the scare "the s--t factor".lol
But,yeah,did a lot of dapping with terrestrials.Love it.

Posted on: 2012/3/5 16:45

Edited by pete41 on 2012/3/5 17:36:49
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csoult wrote:
He means not putting any line on the water, adding a little weight, and just kind of dunking. Usually used in tight quarters.


Ok, that's what I was thinking.

Posted on: 2012/3/5 16:50
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Re: "Dapping the undercuts"

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I dap a lot on brookie streams...with dry flies for which the term is derived. I think the best term for fishing back undercuts and root / wood jams would be called flipping or just dropping. I became an excellent flipper from my days in front of a jet or glass bass boat. I've applied the tactic using my fly rods on all the streams I've every fished using very heavy streamers. It's a fantastic tactic on spring creeks. And a lot of times you don't see the hit, you FEEL the hit! Sometimes right at your feet. I've been rewarded in the Cumberland Valley Spring creeks with amazing catches on Big Spring, Falling Spring, and the LEEEEEEEE Tort using flipping. One thing I've learned is that having less line in the water is better. And less line allows me to have more control of where the fly goes. Also, I tend to pull the fly which lets me feel bumps. When I feel a bump (under a cut bank per say), I set the hook. Most times it's grass or a stick, but sometimes it's a fish and a heart attack in the process. Look at Sal's Le Tort monster! Man, I would have died streamside!!!!

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Happened to me this past Friday. Spotted about a 10" wild brownie and dropped a bead head pheasant tail ahead of him. Watched him ignore it when a brownie about 16" shot out from under the bank and absolutely slammed it. Surprised me so much that my hookset sucked and he shook off after a few tugs.

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Happened to me this past Friday. Spotted about a 10" wild brownie and dropped a bead head pheasant tail ahead of him. Watched him ignore it when a brownie about 16" shot out from under the bank and absolutely slammed it. Surprised me so much that my hookset sucked and he shook off after a few tugs.

Been there too.

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You have to get the job done some way or another. My methods would make a purist frown, that's for sure. It ain't always about the pretty cast. My favorite way to sling a nymph is to just use the leader or at most a few feet of flyline with it.

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I call it that Bill Dance hook set! Lmao! Been there too!

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Wg and I fished the lower letort on Sunday and the method he is describing is basically all I did. I almost completely ignored most the stream and just worried about the undercut streambanks. It makes it a lot easier because stealth is a non issue.

Talking about the bad hook set because it scares the bejesus out of you....I lost a 17 inch or so brown because of that. It happens but what a rush!

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I dap a lot on brookie streams...with dry flies for which the term is derived.

Adding weight even with dries 8", 10", or 16" back from the dry allows you to control the line better. Just don't allow the weight to go in the water or then you dunk your dry.

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