Accidental Catch

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Kcahill, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Kcahill

    Kcahill Active Member

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    I will take a look for some emerger and gnat patterns, I was throwing those drys you showed me how to tie up but they were huge compared to the stuff taking off!

    edit: I looked up some griffith gnat and dark emerger patterns, I will give it a shot tonight. I do not have any snowshoe but I have some white craft fur I think I can make work.
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Sometimes dries cast and sitting motionless on a lake waiting for a fish to sip it is like watching a thingamindicatorbobber with a chironomid dangling beneath it.
    My ADD kicks in sometimes and I have to fish something that is moving.
     
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    Oh boy howdy can I relate. I find myself getting so impatient after just a couple minutes. I start second guessing the fly I tied on, the floating line, the dry presentation... pretty much everything. It usually doesn't take long before I tie on something I have more confidence in.

    Last time I was on the local lake there was a gentlemen doing fairly well fishing a mosquito pattern on the surface. What I found interesting was watching him I noticed that he was not sitting still at all. He would cast, and kinda kick around for a little bit, then re cast. Constantly on the move. It didn't appear he was really "trolling" his fly, but he was definitely not just letting it sit there. I too don't know much about fishing dries on stillwaters, and I found it interesting to observe this technique.
     
  4. Kcahill

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    Same here, I try fishing leech\bugger patterns on an intermediate line, but after about 30 minutes if I havent had a fish I go back to old faithful. Floating line, 9' leader, and a white\olive\black sparsely tied bucktail that always produces.

    I am sad to say I have never caught a fish on a woolly bugger.
     
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    So I went out today to get some trout this time, I left all my bass flies at home(I almost cried) tried the woolly bugger, nothing. Tried a dry towards rising fish and couldnt do it, got bored. Put on a dragon fly nymph(Thanks for showing me how to tie that scotty) and landed 2 rainbows in 30 minutes. Decent fish one 14" one 10".

    Will probably give the dry flies one more shot after the sun goes down a bit.


    KC
     
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    Glad to hear something is working for you, chasing trout can be frustrating at times! Not all of our lakes have decent mayfly or caddis hatches but they do have dragons and damsels so those food forms are a safe bet when it's difficult to know what to fish. Try a small caddis (sz 16) such as an elk hair (with bottom hackle clipped) or x-caddis of an evening. Keep your leader long so you have good separation between colored line and fly. And of course fish around structure and close to the bank with your dries during the evening or where you see fish rising. Success with dries depends alot on the feeding cycle of the fish during the past 24 hrs. Sometimes we want to play on the surface more than they do. I was on a local lake last night and at sundown when the fish usually begin cruising and watching the surface for food there was no activity at all, pretty uncommon on that lake this time of year but it happens.