If I had hair,I'd probably be pulling it out by now.
I've only been fly fishing about six weeks now, my first day I caught 11 keeper 'gills
from the stream by me. I've been trying to catch smallies and am having no luck at all.
I can catch limits on crawdad lures with spin or bait casting gear, but, fly rod,nothing. I tried a crazy craw fly(#2) and a #6 clouser minnow, both in olive green, a color bass seem to like a lot. With a 1/8 oz jig, I can cast into the current and let it bounce along the bottom. With the fly rod, I cast out and the current puts such a bow in the line it is quickly out of the strike zone. I've tried going up stream and casting down into the current, but I think the fly is being held too high in the water column that way.
There is a swift, narrow and shallow run that drops off from about 2' deep to about 6' deep and creates a large hole of water with eddies on both sides of the current. The smallies tend to hold in the current, at the drop off, waiting for crawdads and minnows to be washed to them. Between the current flow, right to left, and the eddie left to right, it reeks havoc on my fly line, creating a lot of slack. The other side of the river is way too deep, so that's out, and I'm not going to buy a boat anytime soon.