Damsels in Distress

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  1. Abomb

    Abomb Active Member

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    When I lived in WY I used to fish a lake,(that shall remain nameless), that had huge trout in it. We hit it just right one weekend, the trout, some pushing 8lbs, most were 4-6lbs were lined up along the reed grass head bumping the the stalks that were loaded with damsels. They would knock them into the water and just sip them under. We stood and watched in pure awe for a good 30 min before slowly working our way out to the furthest fish and started picking them off one at a time as not to spook the rest. Man what a day, forever etched in my memory.
     
  2. Olive bugger

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    In light of the reputation of fishers, can we believe these stories?

    I mean, after all, they ARE ON THE INTERNET!:D
     
  3. GAT

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    All anglers are liars except for me and you and I'm not so sure about you:)
     
  4. Chucker

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    Dapping using floss blow-line to hold the fly just touching or just above the surface is an ancient technique. It certainly pre-dates LaFontaine and Borger!.

    I have used it a few times in Oregon and Washington, and caught a few fish, but it is nothing like as effective as it is on oligotrophic Scottish lochs where the fish are very hungry and wind blown terrestrials are a vital part of their diet. Over there, fish often chase the fly out of the water as it gets blown up, and sometimes they catch it.

    It's also an effective technique for Atlantic salmon where they are passing through stillwaters on their way to spawn in tributaries.

    I still carry a spool of floss around with my stillwater gear over here, but I'm still waiting for the day that I see trout jumping to take damsels.

    N.
     
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    Neither am I Gene, neither am I. :D
    I have heard some pretty tall tales come out of my pie hole.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I'm like George Washington, I never tell a lie. If you can believe this I have bridge to sell you.
     
  7. silvercreek

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    I posted two references that showed that floss blow line dated back to at least 1857 in the first and 1876 in the second.:D

    http://tinyurl.com/atpchr5

    http://tinyurl.com/lemy5qj
     
  8. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    I need to go fish with some damsels now!!
     
  9. tonemike

    tonemike fish'n glass

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    that was fun!
     
  10. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    I've seen trout at Rocky Ford do the same thing. Even had one take an adult damsel imitation before the fly hit the water. Broke me off as it came back down and took the only adult damsel I had with me...
     
  11. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Blue damsel fishing can be quite exciting for sure. Remember to set the hook quickly!!!! The trout tend to hit them fast and furious, so be on your toes!
     
  12. David Loy

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    Thanks for the references. Fun stuff.
     

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