Greetings, all. I'm thrilled to have found this forum.
I live well south of US trout streams and, thus, my fly fishing (and learning) is erratic at best. I went to the only stream I know of in Alabama yesterday--the closest one to me, a tailwater 2 1/2 hours up the Interstate--to try once again to catch a trout where I have enjoyed zero luck. And where I have likely exhibited even less skill.
From yesterdays experience and from some nosing around the 'net several unrelated questions have arisen I hope some of you can take the time to help me understand.
1. When fishing with a nymph, attractor and strike indicator (as the local shop suggested), how should that rig be set up? I put the strike indicator at the junction of the leader and tippet...tied the attractor at the end of the tippet...then tied a foot-long piece of tippet to the attractor's hook bend...and tied the nymph to the end of that tippet. Got one strike; no catches. Used the flies we bought at the shop.
2. Where on the 'net, or what books, can help me learn more about presentation?
3. Do the neoprene booties of waders wear out or dry-rot over time? I have a pair of Hodgemans, about ten years old, that seemed really cold yesterday. Changing out of them at the end of the day I noticed my socks were wet. No holes in the waders; I'm guessing the neoprene leaked(?). Can it be waterproofed again?
4. I keep reading little blurbs on the 'net about felt bottom wading boots. Apparantly you can't use them in Maryland. Ok, so what's wrong with felt now?
Many thanks in advance for any advice. I really love fly fishing. Or in my case, standing in beautiful streams throwing line around.