Lie. Just flat out lie
I was fishing a ff'ing only section of a stream this past March, and everyone
was having great success with Zebra midges. This is a C&R stretch as well,
and the trout seemed to get wise after a while. I switched to a chironomid
pattern: #14 2X nymph hook; red thread body coated will clear nail polish;
gold bead head; white antron tail and gills (short); peacock hearl thorax.
I decided to try this as soon as I saw the crowd on the stream, and had
great success from the first cast! I gave one to an acquaintance, and he
immediately hooked into a HUGE brown. I've since kept very quiet about the
pattern, but came very close to telling someone else about it two weeks ago.
I like to give away the flies I tie, and after speaking with a guy who was getting skunked, I nearly caved. We talked until it was almost too dark to
fish, so I just drove off without even mentioning the pattern. It's a stream
where everyone seems to share the patterns that work, but they quickly
stop working when everyone is using them.
I was wading a lake a couple months ago, and a guy saw me catching fish.
He then proceeded to splash into the water in front of me, and began
casting a rubber minnow...LOL!!!! I thought it was more funny than anything
else, and he began catching fish as well. We spoke after a while, and it
turns out that he live a couple blocks away! He did the same thing to a friend
of mine, and his reaction was anything but friendly.....
Bottom line for me: friends and acquaintances get the info. Strangers might
get the info, but only if it's not going to ruin my
success. The stream
I mentioned above is 50 miles each way, and I want a least one fish per
Here's a pic of one of three browns I caught a few weeks ago in that
There were two other fly anglers tossing Hare's Ears within spitting distance
of me, and they were getting nothing. They were also standing in the middle
of a 30 foot wide stream, and I was casting my chironomid directly at the
guy nearest me (I was standing as close to the bank as possible, and saw the
trout swimming around both these guys
). I thought about telling them
they might have better luck if they weren't standing next to the trout
, but I liked things just as they were