04-25-2009, 12:02 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
First dry fly trout this year!
I was fishing a local small stocked creek today. They didn't stock in the last couple weeks, but still some trout there.
I usually use weighted woolybuggers or weighted nymphs or sometimes tinys with a split shot a foot above.
I caught a little brown on a weighted HE and I saw what I thought was a tiny chub rising for midges.
I seem to only use my 5wt 9'er with Sharkskin anymore. Even with splitshot I can put the fly exactly where I want it. Rollcasting is easy with high floating line and a 9' rod..... so is mending! I was worried about the fight with a heavy rod, but even a 10" trout puts a full bend in my Sage Fli.
Anyway, I tied on a #12 Joes Hopper and put the fly where the fish rose. Wow!! beautiful brown grabbed the top water and jumped like a champion. I caught a few on drys today...... the most wonderful time I had fishing this year.
The water is still a little high, but tomorrow will be perfect.
Getting my stuff ready, I checked the internet for some tying info on a caddis or maybe a BWO.
I saw some "nuclear" modern flies...... and I must say how easy they are to tie.
A little CDC on a hook and a cut piece of foam makes a fly look like a drake and I know the silly thing won't sink.
I really hate to keep putting on Gink to make the fly float. And all the false casting...... only to have to fly go under when the drift is wrong.
I tied some beauties for tomorrow. Size 16 to a DragonFly stimulator!!
If they float like I think they will, I'll attach a two foot piece of 2lb tippet to a 18 BH Hares Ear.
There is simply no more fun to have fishing then fishing with a dry fly.
That's as good as it gets IMHO!
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