Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by trout man, Jun 2, 2010.
I was still fishing a dry mayfly imitation today without much luck. It started dumping rain so I headed for the launch just letting my fly trail behind me. Suddenly I couldn't keep the fish off. Who knows why they were all over a waterlogged dry fly trolled at high speed, but I had three to the boat in the time it took to reach the launch.
Streamers probably work best for trolling, but it's always worth experimenting.
also, what time of year are we talking about? and where at?(not specific lake, but region)
Blonde and regular stayner ducktails
I agree with Wayne's recommendation. From my float tube, I usually slow troll some kind of large wet bug up front with a smallish bead-head nymph or emerger trailer. My hit ratio with that set-up is about 60/40 in favor of the trailer. I've also had fairly good success with this rig in trout steams and rivers.
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.