03-06-2013, 02:06 AM
New Things Learned in '12
Had an extended conversation with a fishing buddy recently which temporarily swerved onto new things learned from last year. Tonight I thought I'd share a few with you guys.
1) When you see fish rising and they aren't taking your dry, switch to cripples and hang on.
2) This one is for anyone that fishes/has fished Lee's Ferry. Most of the time you don't need to fish the double zeeb with the thingamabobber rig at the walk-in at the Ferry. Simplify your life and discover hopper/droppers. (thank you Skip).
3) In general, an 8.5 ft. rod of the same weight will be slightly slower than a 9 ft. rod. This may or may not have an effect on which line weight works best on which rod. i.e., my 9 ft. 4 wt. Winston BIIIx loads better with 4.5 wt. line, while my buddy's 8.5 ft. 4 wt. Winston Biiix loads better with true 4 wt. line.
4) The para-adams/bwo might be the most versatile dry ever created. Squeeze water into the body and only apply floatant to the post, its a drowner, or just much easier for fish to target in choppy water. Clip off one side of the hackle and it will lay on one side like a spinner (that might be a trico, I always get the two mixed up). Clip half the post and trim the back of the hackle, it's an emerger (only gink the front of the hackle). Clip half the post, trim hackle on both sides and don't apply floatant, and it's a nymph. Neat, huh?
5) Over/underlining can be scientific. For instance, early spring here in AZ usually means monster winds. Good time to overline for punching power. As the year progresses and wind speeds drop, you might end up underlining and get nearly the same distance.
6) Purple is for rainbows. Pink is for browns.
7) Tailing loops are not the product of overacceleration.
There's more, but that's a good start. Anyone else?
Thought of another one:
8) Low water is good fishing (in a lake, haven't tried it in a stream yet).
Ha, just learned another one. If you leave your cursor on one of those little green squares just under where it says how many posts you have, it tells you that you are "a glorious beacon of light." Almost blew my drink all over my screen when I saw that one.
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark