11-12-2011, 12:10 PM
Re: How Would You Fish This?
I would have definitely tried for that fish and the first plan I would make is how to fight and land it after I hooked it. That fish is large and without spooking will hit and probably eat any bug that is offered. Typically a fish in that scenario is there for an ambush and will hit quickly and solidly if there is a presentation in its arena.
I see this as a for sure scenario and would approach from the backside of the fish. I would assume the fish to be facing upstream or towards the main river channel, which is a benefit right off.
I would tie on a heavy tippet as this fish is probably not very leader shy when in an ambush scenario, it knows it has to hit quickly or the food source will be gone fast...it has little reservation at smacking something because it is so well hidden and feels very safe that what and when it hits it will get another good meal.
The importance of knowing that fish will hit means you may use a couple of different scenarios and both seem to involve a one shot (one cast) scenario...no second chances on this fish as when you put the fly in it will either hook the fish or a snag...getting snagged is a for sure loss of the possibility of that fish so let's make sure the bug goes right where you need it to go..that being said I would try my best to limit the cast, either shoot it with a rod flick and the fly in your fingers or use a dabble (hold the rod out over the hole and lower the fly into the hole).
My first choice and the one with no second chance would be to place the fly over the top of the stick lying across the hole and let the fly sink under it (there will be no second on this one as the fly will no doubt snag on that stick as oyu try to bring it out).
I would use a fly that sinks quickly and is large, my choice would be a woolly bugger and a 10lb or 1X or 2X tippet.
You will be low and unable to watch the fish or you would have probably spooked it so you must assume it will hit the fly and be prepared to set the hook and come up quickly to a position that allows oyu to horse the fish into a landable area. Wade up behind the hole and net the fish as you bring it close to the surface...if you cannot horse it it will wrap you on a snag and will be gone.
Go back and give it a shot as no doubt that monster is still there.
Keep us posted.