Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wild trout that inhabit small streams have a reputation of not being selective on the flies that are presented to them. Food is in short supply so if it floats by whack it.
I have fished many a little waterway in my time and have found this not to be true. Size, shape, and color at times are very important. Color probably the least of importance.
There have been times when a size 14 Elk Hair Caddis will bring a trout to the surface in an instant on certain days, and on others it is refused, the trout prefering a size 16 or 12.
I am very fond of fishing a Bomber pattern and it has done very well for me, and on other days a complete dud. I'll tie on a 14 Royal Coachman and drift it through the same run and its met with a violent strike.
I have taken various materials used on other patterns such as, woodchuck, calftail, peacock, vaarious colored threads, and dubbings and incorporated them into a series of flies.
I have fished these dry, wet, and as a emerger with good results.