Chan’s chironomid rig starts with a 7½-foot leader that tapers down to an 8-pound tip. Once it’s connected to the fly line, he threads on a quick-release strike indicator, and then splices 10½ feet of 6-pound tippet to the end of the leader with a Blood knot. He ties a small barrel swivel to the end of the tippet, adds another 2 feet of tippet to the other end of the swivel, and uses a nonslip mono loop to tie on the fly. The swivel adds a bit of weight to the bottom of the 20-foot leader, helping keep the fly suspending just off the bottom. Next comes a ½-ounce lead weight with viselike jaws that Chan clips directly to the hook shank (see “Load the Clip” on p. 56 for more on clip weights). He lowers the lead over the side of the boat until it hits bottom. Then, based on the sounder reading, he’ll reel up until the fly is directly in the mix of hovering chironomid pupae and feeding trout. In our case, we needed our flies 2 feet off the bottom. Once the depth was set, we pegged our indicators in place and hand-lined our rigs back up to remove the clip weights. The quick-release indicators we were using trip when a fish strikes, allowing them to slide down the leader during the fight. If you were to use a fixed indicator in more than 10 feet of water, you’d never be able to get a trout close to the net.