Re: Fast Rivers and "Go To" flies and technique
Your idea to get enough weight on there to be ticking the bottom was the right idea, but it sounds like the water may have been fast enough to where another strategy is in order.
When the water is moving that fast, you will need to fish different spots, where the fish would be more protected from the current. You'll need to seek out eddies, side currents, and such, where you normally wouldn't fish.
On the other hand, if the water is so dirty from turbulence that the fish cant see flies coming by, you'll need to fish a big streamer that they'll be able to feel, or throw something stinky on a spin rod.