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Good times and rough water

Posted 08-23-2012 at 03:43 PM by fatdaddy

So I've had to take what I can get here and stick to my local waters. As I've quickly found out, I'm actually sitting on a gold mine!

In my 100 meters of river I have every possible stretch of water I know of. I've had plenty of cutthroat and rainbows over the last several weeks in many ways! I've taken them on dries (Elk Hair Caddis in olive that I tied myself..ahem ahem) as well as nymphing, and with streamers. Got a sweet 15" on a Muddler in a deep pool. Click the image to open in full size.

I can say that I am truly surprised with my abilities. I was casting all day in wind and only had 2 wind knots. I've switched back to hand-knotted leaders while I perfect my technique since the furled ones take too long to just screw up in one cast.

I can say that drifting and mending is almost as rewarding as pulling in a fish. Just have to keep the hands moving and the line tight, I focus too much on watching the fly for action that the slack or belly builds up and I can't hook the fish. I guess having barbless hooks forces you to become a better angler, and I have no problem with that. I can get an adrenaline rush from a perfect drift, even with no strike. I have also progressed into situational reading, where I am changing tippet length and type of technique for each body of water, still searching patterns most of the time but applied more effectively. Not only is it increasing my catch rate but giving my shoulder a break, no more cast-strip-repeat up and down the river scaring everything in sight.

So far my best success is all off of casting across and stripping up-stream for streamers, 99% of strikes are from the up-stream portion. And a 45* down and across for nymphs. As for dries I have to find a section that is a constant flow all the way across since I suck at mending. But I did manage to get tricky with it and 'match the hatch'. Little, what I think were midges, started to flutter everywhere so I just found a sz 18 brown Adams and threw it down...I guess it was close enough as it found its way into the mouth of a 10"er and a couple of 7's.

In the way of failures I have had to pay my dues there as well. I've busted my keaster on more then one occasion, due to my lack of walking ability on slime covered rocks. So far the only casualty has been a small fly box of the flies that I have tied, if the store bought ones were freed I would have gone home.

Also, PEMCO released a new advertisement that profiles people of the NW...there is the fly fishing one.

Tight lines and
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    Sounds like you're getting it down pretty well.

    Posted 08-30-2013 at 02:36 PM by Ard Ard is online now

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