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    Ive been using a size 12 simulator with a size 18 beadhead red zebra midge dropped 6 inches or so and an AP nymph about three feet under. When that water activity starts near me I cast to it and they seem to favor the AP as its sinking. If its sat out there for a while, they will take the midge.

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    Default Re: Fellers, I needs me some hep

    If you can see fish top feeding but can't find anything they will hit I'd suggest switching to a cast net.

    Just kidding! (Just want to see if corn fed fins will pipe in. It's always fun to see him faint.)

    Quote Originally Posted by adblouky View Post
    Local dialect aside, this is what Iím talking about. Here in Louisville, as the weather turns colder the local lakes are stocked with trout. Iíve gone to one lake about a week after stocking. I can see the trout surfacing and attacking something. I cannot catch one to save my soul. Iíve tried woolies, mudlers, zonkers, clousers, even a little red puffy thing on a strike indicator. Nothing. Iíve had some half-hearted strikes at the wooly and the puffy thing, but Iíve not been able to land anything. Any words of advice?
    Kevin
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    Default Re: Fellers, I needs me some hep

    Can I ask, what kind of fly line are you using, i.e. Floating, Intermediate, Slow Sink, Sink Tip, etc.?

    If you are seeing fish movements on the surface then I'd use a floating line and two or three flies - a dry fly at the top and nymphs below. Cast and leave or twitch sporadically to give the bob fly (top dropper) a little 'kick' to give it life - the nymphs, of course, will follow suit out of view.
    Remember, none of these imitated insects move fast through the water so you can afford to cast and wait a minute as the nymphs sink and search deeper water. Then tickle in a few feet - this will draw the nymphs up towards the surface - and let them sink awhile again.
    If there's a hatch on and a bit of wind try a large, single dry fly with floatant and strip it back across the waves with a bit of speed to make a small wake. In this case pattern isn't as important as silhouette , disturbance and speed of retrieve as you are appealing to a trout's attack instinct rather than seducing a selectively feeding, even fixated fish.

    If you want to identify the 'flies of the day' walk to the windward shore and look amongst the rocks at the water's edge. If there's a good hatch on you may see hundreds of spent or drowned insects - look closely and pick a fly from your box to 'match the hatch'.

    Gently lift a few stones from the edge and look underneath for any nymphs or crustaceans. This can help give an idea of likely trout food when you can't see insects on the surface. I'll always do this when fishing new water.
    Hope there's something useful for you there.

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    This situation crops up occasionally, three such I recall, On one occasion no one could figure it out, after a lot of pattern swapping, success, it was a minute brown fly lying spent in the surface film, on or under the surface failed, it had to be tiny and in the surface film.
    On the second occasion it turned out to be snails, for some reason there were large numbers of small snails floating foot up under the surface. I didn't figure that one, it was a fellow angler that hit on the answer.
    The third infuriating case turned out to be Corixa nymphs, they don't need to take air from the surface as adult Corixa do, why they were there in such numbers I never understood but 12 trout in 2 hours on an imitation kinda proved the case.
    Strange how trout can be so picky sometimes.

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