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whats are some good flys to troll in a caonoe or raft? i know wolly buggers what else . any tips for merril lake
 

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Damselfly and Dragonfly nymphs, not at a constant speed, but jerky twitches. Sometimes you'll be glad you have a firm grip on your rod.
 

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Carey Special`s and Doc Spratley`s are probably the most popular (and productive) trolling flies up here in BC .
 

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White leeches work well. I saw a guy trolling small yellow marabou leech. He was catching fish and no one else was catching. I tied up few and carry them with me. They work well.
 

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I think the secret is not the first fly, but the trailer. I like a big leech or woolly bugger up front, perhaps a care special, and then trail a much smaller wet fly or nymph in the back. Most people will troll very slowly, but don't forget to try with some speed, as I have hooked many fish that way. You need a good rod holder though, as the takes tend to be vicious.

wayne
 

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I have caught fish trolling a chironomid.

Any fly will work depending on what the fish are keying in on.

Experiment.
ditto!!
 

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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.
 

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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.

--Jeff
 
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