Sunday, July 31, 2011

We have had some passing thunder storms this week. We defiantly need all the rain we can get. If you are on the water when the rain comes, it could put an end to the spinner fall for that morning. Sometimes the Trico spinners will get washed in to the water other times they seem to just disappear. Either way the feeding activity will not last long, unless there are a lot of bugs on the water to start with. The rain that we got so far will not cause any increase in water flows for now. We need a lot more ran than we have gotten to do that. So far all the fly patterns have stayed the same. Size 20 Trico, ants in size 16 to 18 or beetles in sizes 16 to 12, are still doing the job.
Tip: Fishing to spooky trout.
As I have said many times, we have been picking on these trout for over three months now, they know the game. We have to be on top of our game. Becomes the flies are small, trout will often hang just under the water surface while they feed. When trout feed like this, they can be very sensitive to any type of disturbance. This means sloppy wading, bad casting even normal mending of the line will send the trout running. We need to change our thinking when we get to the stream. We now are stalking the trout. The wading part is self explanatory. But when it comes to casting the fly to the fish, this is where most of us lose it. Most of us have a tendency to cast the fly to far up stream. By the time the fly gets to the fish the current has caught hold of the fly and the fly is being pulled across the water surface. We normally solve this problem by mending the line. The issue with this is that the trout are feeding just under the surface, and will be easily spooked by mending the line. Compensating for this is straight foreword, just cast the fly closer to the fish about one foot from the feeding fish. You will not upset fish that are actively feeding just under the water surface. They will not notice the fly landing on the water. You will get the best part of the drift as the fly goes over the fish. When the current catches the fly, the fly will be behind the fish. Safely swinging away from the fish.

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