Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by trout man, Jun 2, 2010.
june and july and south west washington and thanks for all the suggestions!
Stillwater nymphs are good trolling flies,especially if there are scuds/damsels active.
soft hackles too
Black micro leech size 12 with red bead head or soft hackle midge or PT in a size 16
Olive willy and a dragonfly nymph
Now I've had luck with Spruce Fly - especially in mountain lakes. Why the hell does it work? Is it imitating anything? or just flashy?
Does anyone use them in desert lakes? okanogan lakes?
Now, I'm just supposin, here, having fished 'em:
The fly was originated on the Oregon coast for the purpose of fooling searun cutthroat. The wing looks like a small forage fish from a distance. Then up close you have the naturally iridescent peacock herl and the red that cutts like so much. So I'd say its a combo forage-fish/attractor pattern.
Whatever fly you troll with, strip it in every few minutes to make sure you're not trolling with salad.
Ditto the trailers. I've often trailed a chronomid 16 or smaller and caught more fish. Wind and some chop on the water can be as advantageous as the twitching.
I can usually sense the slight increase in drag, but not always.
I will admit to having trolled on for a good 20 minutes once after getting a hard grab, before the little lightbulb flashed on and I stripped in to discover that my fly was gone! I think I did that another time, too, before I finally learned to always check to see if its still there if I don't get another hit right away.