02-07-2012, 09:00 PM
Re: Wet Flies
for nymphing, flip a few stones over in a faster section and see what is crawling beneath. This will help to know what size to fish and what colors of bugs they are eating. ie, if you find olive colored small stonefly nymphs, an olive copper john may work well. You might find a bunch of cased caddis, or maybe just tiny #26 midge larvae. If you tie your own, you'll start matching what you see instead of buying the closest bet at the store.
If you are working the same run for a while, change your flies up every 10 minutes or so. The 'rest time' given to the run will make the fish more eager to eat, and sometimes just seeing something different will get them to bite.
Typical nymphing scenario:
Change fly or weight(depth).
Immediate couple of bites.
Maybe you catch one.
Fish start ignoring that fly.
Change fly/weight, repeat.
A friend and I fished the same small run this way recently, each of us catching several. Probably rotated through 12-15 patterns and 3-4 hook sizes between the two of us. Most of the patterns worked as long as it was 'new' to the fish. He caught a 15" brown after being there an hour!
If you don't change your fly up, keep moving to new holes, ie 'cover some water'. This is my favorite way, 'fly confidence' and more walking to unsuspecting fish. At crowded locations, you might need to stake out your hole though...