I need help with Chironomid fishing

Kcahill

Active Member
#46
So today I finally decided to head out with only a floating line, a pocket full of chironomids, and an indicator. I finned around until I got to a spot that I knew held fish, and there were a number of husks floating. I measured out line to sit a foot from the bottom, and started fishing. About 20 minutes in I got my first strike as a rainbow tried to eat my indicator (it was a very pretty yellow one). After seeing that I hung another fly about 15" below the indicator, 20 minutes after that another trout tried to eat the indicator and I gave up and headed home.

Someday I will figure it out ><
 
#47
So today I finally decided to head out with only a floating line, a pocket full of chironomids, and an indicator. I finned around until I got to a spot that I knew held fish, and there were a number of husks floating. I measured out line to sit a foot from the bottom, and started fishing. About 20 minutes in I got my first strike as a rainbow tried to eat my indicator (it was a very pretty yellow one). After seeing that I hung another fly about 15" below the indicator, 20 minutes after that another trout tried to eat the indicator and I gave up and headed home.

Someday I will figure it out ><
Um... that's when you're supose to tie on a big 'ol yellow Stimulator! ;)
 
#50
So today I finally decided to head out with only a floating line, a pocket full of chironomids, and an indicator. I finned around until I got to a spot that I knew held fish, and there were a number of husks floating. I measured out line to sit a foot from the bottom, and started fishing. About 20 minutes in I got my first strike as a rainbow tried to eat my indicator (it was a very pretty yellow one). After seeing that I hung another fly about 15" below the indicator, 20 minutes after that another trout tried to eat the indicator and I gave up and headed home.

Someday I will figure it out ><

Sounds like you didn't fish long enough to put down your rod and eat something, that always elicits a strike.
Remember which route you drove to the lake and drive a different next time. Once you catch a fish, never take a different route.
And wear different clothes next time until you catch a fish.
Did you give your flies a little movement every couple minutes.
Use a different indicator til you find the lucky one.
Remember, this is a lot like steelhead fishing, once you get the mojo it's great, but it takes a lot of times of skunking to find the mojo.

Or find someone who knows what he is doing and do what he does.

Wayne
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#51
putting your rod down, looking at something on the bank, eating a sandwich, taking a pee.... all elicit strikes. Fishing two rods is the best as the rod sitting in the boat gets all the strikes.
 
#52
Pull out your smart phone and open a social networking app... Fish on!

Reply to a text message. Fish on!

And, don't forget to hold your mouth right or you'll never catch a thing!
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#53
One more thing that's worse than missing a strike. Fishing two rods and having the rod sitting in the boat yanked over the side. I almost saw that once up in BC. The reel caught on the side of the boat.
 

Kcahill

Active Member
#54
Sounds like you didn't fish long enough to put down your rod and eat something, that always elicits a strike.
Remember which route you drove to the lake and drive a different next time. Once you catch a fish, never take a different route.
And wear different clothes next time until you catch a fish.
Did you give your flies a little movement every couple minutes.
Use a different indicator til you find the lucky one.
Remember, this is a lot like steelhead fishing, once you get the mojo it's great, but it takes a lot of times of skunking to find the mojo.

Or find someone who knows what he is doing and do what he does.

Wayne
I ended up taking a type VI line and a short leader, and measured it out to lake bottom. Then cast it out let it get to bottom, then hand twisted it and caught fish. It sort of felt like jigging for crappie when I was a kid :eek:
 
#55
One more thing that's worse than missing a strike. Fishing two rods and having the rod sitting in the boat yanked over the side. I almost saw that once up in BC. The reel caught on the side of the boat.
There are a couple of lakes that come to mind that have more rods & reels cluttering up the bottom than our long lost fly shop had in stock here in Kamloops .
 
#58
I ended up taking a type VI line and a short leader, and measured it out to lake bottom. Then cast it out let it get to bottom, then hand twisted it and caught fish. It sort of felt like jigging for crappie when I was a kid :eek:

Well, that is chironomid fishing as well. If you noted how deep you got most of your strikes, that would be a good depth to start at if you want to use an indicator. But whatever works.

Wayne
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#59
It sort of felt like jigging for crappie when I was a kid :eek:
Pretty much.

Trout hitting a yellow indicator is very common. Switching to a yellow dry fly doesn't help... at least not for me... tried it.

I've even cobbled together a yellow strike indicator with a hook and the damned fish wouldn't hit it! Attached another yellow indicator sans hook and they'd hit it.


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