Re: bream were too deep
I don't think not getting deep enough is the problem. I fish for them with different nymphs up to 4' down with a floating line. I am using 6lb Seaguar for a "leader" and put a little splitshot between my two flies.
If the "cricket guy" was getting them in 2 fow, it may have been the nymph they did not want.
But who knows?
Good luck next time