The Countdown Method

by Phil Rowley


Placing your fly at the right depth is one of the keys to success when fly fishing lakes. Having a selection of sinking lines of varying densities gives you the opportunity to place your fly at the correct depth. A varied selection of sinking lines is one thing, while understanding how to use their sink rates to your advantage is another. Incorporating the countdown method into your tactical repertoire allows you to get the most out of each sinking line.

Sinking lines sink at varied rates measured in inches per second. Choosing the correct sink rate line is based upon a number of factors. Water depth is obvious. When prospecting deep water using faster sink rate lines makes sense. But this isn’t always the case. Selecting the correct line is not a race to the bottom but a blend of targeting the right depth in conjunction with a retrieve pace that keeps the fly there for as long as possible.