03-27-2012, 10:24 AM
Re: Pellet flies ?
The pellets are cylindrical shaped of about 1/4" x1/4". Roughly the size and color of small rabbit poop. They smell strongly like dog kibble
I still have a bag of trout food left over from when I worked at the state hatchery.
One of my duties at the hatchery was running the state pay-to-fish ponds on weekends.
That was a fun job and I was privileged to observe fly anglers of all skill levels from first time casters to the expert.
A lot of beginners would come to the ponds preseason to practice and one thing I really enjoyed there was helping kids with their casting.
If I saw that a kid was struggling, I'd "chum" for him with big handful of trout chow to help boost his attitude.
Understand that it took a handful, not a single pellet
I had plenty of opportunity to test this theory.
After I threw in my chum, I'd have the kid cast his fly into the middle of the pellets. It didn't matter what fly they used. Dry or nymph, wet or worm. It only mattered that the fish saw it.
And the fish did see it.... They were attracted to the sound of the pellets hitting the water not to the individual pellet itself
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I should add that these fish were not stocked prior to the seasonal opening of the ponds. They were all hold-overs from the previous season when any surplus trout from the hatchery needed to be cleared from their tanks to make room for the next season's fish.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart