In this article I will outline how to rig a trout line for fishing with a casting bubble. Now you may be asking yourself, “what in God’s name is a casting bubble” and this would be a good question considering the fact that a casting bubble is something that many anglers simply aren’t familiar with. Another name for this unique piece of fishing gear is a “fly fishing” bubble and it is the best (and one of the only) ways for a “spin” fisherman to fish with an artificial fly.
As anyone who is familiar with trout fishing undoubtedly is aware, “flies” are a very effective trout catching tool, but the use of “flies” is normally considered to be exclusively for those who fly fish with fly fishing gear, which is very different gear than what spin fishermen use. Well, with the help of a casting bubble, spin fishermen can use artificial flies as bait for trout without having to use any “fly fishing” gear (other than the fly itself of course).
To rig a trout line while using a casting bubble only a few pieces of terminal tackle are needed. The terminal tackle that is needed is the bubble itself, a swivel, a six to eight foot leader (many people prefer to use a tapered leader), and an artificial fly of your choice. That’s it. That is all the tackle that you need to rig a trout line for fishing with a casting bubble.
To make thecasting bubble “rig” itself; begin by grabbing the end of your line and slipping the bubble onto the line (there is a hollow tube that runs through the middle of the bubble itself). Now tie your swivel onto the end of your line, which will act as a ‘stopper’ for the bubble, as well as preventing your line from becoming twisted. The leader is now tied to the other end of the swivel and your artificial fly is tied to the end of the leader. What you have just created is a rig that can be used to fish an artificial fly with spinning gear.
Before casting the rig out the bubble itself is submerged under the water to allow water to enter the bubble. This adds weight to the rig, giving you the ability to cast and fish lightweight flies effectively. If you are fishing with a dry (or floating) fly the bubble is filled partially with water. If you are fishing a wet (or sinking) fly the bubble is filled completely with water. This rig can be used is both lakes and rivers, but if you are new to fishing in this manner, start by fishing in a lake. Fishing in a lake is much easier to get a “feel” for how the rig performs. In any case this is how to rig a trout line for fishing with a casting bubble.