So in a run of 4-6 ft with bolders what are you....

#1
using for a sink tip?? I was at a river today and was fishing a 10 ft pc of T8 and a unweighted fly and fished thru a runand had a guy fallow me with a weighted wooley bugger and a type 3 sink tip and he got a fish. Nice hot fish took him close to his backing then the hook came off. So what could I do differently?? Thanks for any and all advise. I have T8,T11,T14 sink tips and airflo custom cut 200 in 8ft and 12 ft pcs. The T14 I have is 10ft,T11 is 10ft, and the T8 is 10 ft Thanks again
 
#4
I was going to suggest that your fly and leader may not have been at the same depth as your tip, and it may have been with a 3 ft leader and unweighted fly, especially if the water was moving at a quick clip. On the other hand, a 3ft leader isn't terribly long. Other thoughts include the fly choice, swinging speed...the light, the angle of the sun/moon, the fish's general demeanor to move for a fly at that time, pure luck! Seems to me your question is a classic - why do steelhead take a fly?

Other thoughts?
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#5
Nothing, sometimes you just get your pocket picked. If that fish was a player and didn't play with you it was probably because of your presentation not line or leader set up. Remember, while swinging is "simple" being effective and productive takes lots of experience (the touch). For example, let's say your fly was in the same zone as the guy who hooked the fish..... if your fly was not behaving correctly ( dead drifting or moving too fast) the fish is unlikely to react. Perhaps the other guy's fly was swung correctly. That's what I would focus on if I were you. Keep at it, it will all come together, you'll learn from this success and build your knowledge to become a better steelheader. I like your motivation.
 
#6
Nothing, sometimes you just get your pocket picked. If that fish was a player and didn't play with you it was probably because of your presentation not line or leader set up. Remember, while swinging is "simple" being effective and productive takes lots of experience (the touch). For example, let's say your fly was in the same zone as the guy who hooked the fish..... if your fly was not behaving correctly ( dead drifting or moving too fast) the fish is unlikely to react. Perhaps the other guy's fly was swung correctly. That's what I would focus on if I were you. Keep at it, it will all come together, you'll learn from this success and build your knowledge to become a better steelheader. I like your motivation.
Now that's a gem of a comment...wise and kind words. Thanks Pan!
 
#7
You never know that fish could have given you a look (followed your fly) and just woke up, then - took the other guys fly. What you did learn today was that fish like that holding water at today's flow. You have just dialed in a spot that holds fish and next time you could fish that run twice and pick your own pocket. Its happened to me many times and its fun getting a fish on your second time through a run.

Chris
 

Slipstream

Active Member
#8
Excellent advice given by all. The only thing I might add is to tip your Timberwolve hat more to one side of your head. Maybe that will help. Keep at it and one day your fly will stop. SS
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#9
Nothing, sometimes you just get your pocket picked. If that fish was a player and didn't play with you it was probably because of your presentation not line or leader set up. Remember, while swinging is "simple" being effective and productive takes lots of experience (the touch). For example, let's say your fly was in the same zone as the guy who hooked the fish..... if your fly was not behaving correctly ( dead drifting or moving too fast) the fish is unlikely to react. Perhaps the other guy's fly was swung correctly. That's what I would focus on if I were you. Keep at it, it will all come together, you'll learn from this success and build your knowledge to become a better steelheader. I like your motivation.
Tough to beat this response/advice. Well said Pan.
 

Mike T

Active Member
#10
Nothing, sometimes you just get your pocket picked. If that fish was a player and didn't play with you it was probably because of your presentation not line or leader set up. Remember, while swinging is "simple" being effective and productive takes lots of experience (the touch). For example, let's say your fly was in the same zone as the guy who hooked the fish..... if your fly was not behaving correctly ( dead drifting or moving too fast) the fish is unlikely to react. Perhaps the other guy's fly was swung correctly. That's what I would focus on if I were you. Keep at it, it will all come together, you'll learn from this success and build your knowledge to become a better steelheader. I like your motivation.
That's one of the best descriptions of this addiction I've read.
 

inland

Active Member
#12
I think Chris D. brings up the most pertinent point- you don't know if you moved that fish or not. There is definately a 'nuance' to presentation success like Pan is talking about. Maybe you just missed that fish because of a poor cast/badly angled/fly not fishing right/etc. And maybe you did everything 'right enough' but the fish just didn't commit to that cast.

But I caution not to get too caught up in looking for the reasons 'why' when your presentation and 'rig' works. You don't know what else would have worked as the deal is closed. Something I didn't think (more likely lead to believe from others) would work ten years ago under X or Y conditions has shown to be typical steelheaders BS.

Have fun and chalk it up as has been said- you found a water level and productive taking lie. Remember it and spend time learning its secrets. Could produce well. Or could be the dreaded one-time-wonder.
 

Philster

Active Member
#13
Boulder fields are one of the few places I fish big intruders. A big-ass fly with movement over the top of the rocks. you can never predict, or explain why a steelhead takes, but I'd be willing to bet it hit that bugger when it was under minimal tension, with lots of movement.
 

Rob Allen

Active Member
#14
There is nothing you could have done!! it was simply his turn. anything you do to change to catch that one fish will likely take you out of the game for the next one...

people spend far too much time thinking about how to do this game better or more effectively or whatever.. your best bet is to find a set of tackle that you like using and you think is appropriate for the conditions fish it and let the chips fall where they may.

That fish that the guy caught behind you either just moved into position in the run or didn't see your fly for who knows what reason i do not believe that the choice of sink tip had anything to do with him catching it and not you.
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#15
Rob, while you are certainly correct in many aspects, let's not get too far out on this " you're giving steelhead too much credit thing." Presentation does matter and will make the difference between activating a fish or not. Remember, this guy is new to the game so it is very plausible that he could have done something different to hook that fish. Your comments are based on years of experience where you do get your pocket picked or get a fish on the 3rd time through a run with the same fly.............. who knows why?