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    Re: Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    I know a guide (now retired) that uses the 100 rule. In other words the depth and setback added up to 100. For example 50 down and 50 back. 10 down and 90 back. I often do this but with some exceptions. If Im trolling shallow or top lining in clear water then I have a set back of 150 or more. Also when using a gas kicker I setback further that if trolling with an electric.
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    Re: Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    My "rule of thumb" looks primarily at two factors for setback from the downrigger ball: water clarity and depth.

    Water clarity: the clearer the water, the farther the setback.
    Depth: shallow (0-50') = longer set back (+80'), deep (+50') = shorter set back (-80').

    Realize, these are starting points since often you will have to adapt to other factors that might be very specific to that body of water.

    Only exception, if fishing kokanne or using flashers/dodgers deep for macs, I'm usually only 20-30' back from the ball.

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    Re: Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    Depends on the fish. Salmon and Macks don't seem to be ball-shy (excuse the expression). I try to keep a 40-60' setback for most fishing so I am certain what depth I'm targeting--I'll go more towards 60 for trout. Any further back than that and who knows where your presentation is flopping around out there; It's a crap shoot.
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    Re: Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    Depth 0-10'= 150'+/- setback
    10-20'= 100'
    20-30'= 80'
    30-40'= 50'
    40-50'= 25'
    After 50' if I'm running a dodger I'll do a 5-10' setback and if I'm running lure/bait only I'll do a 15' setback.

    Lots of ways to skin a cat with this topic but it comes down to expierence and refining your method/presentation, this works for me but take it for what it's worth! 😉

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    Re: Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    Nope. 10' will do

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    Rule of thum on downrigging for trout

    Thanks for any help

    do you still put line out 100 if your dropping down 40 50 60 plus feet

    when do you start not putting so much line out when going down deep

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