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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Winter Fishing...The Nook and Crany Dry Fly
People who have fished with me, and those who have followed this blog know that I have a thing for fishing riffles, and broken water. It can be either deep or shallow, any time of the year. Now most anglers will agree that riffles are productive places to fish and I agree, but how about winter, 35 degree temps, and with a dry fly. I call this type of riffle fishing "nook and cranny". One day last week I fished a small stream in a section I have not been to in some time. The usual starting fly, the "pinkie" brought nothing. Several more flies yielded the same. It was a good thing there was some excitement on the stream bank, a scared a deer who was hiding in some willows busted out and really woke me up. Getting back on story...I tied on a big skater pattern and worked it through a set of riffles. Second or third cast and a fish responded. That little guy came up for it again on another cast.
I changed flies and tied on a smaller dry. I worked the fly over the same set of riffles and the fish hit and this time he was soon at hand.
In the riffles there are various sized rocks, some bigger than others. The brook trout hold in these spots and will respond to a fly drifted down and also when retrieved. Those little places I refer to "nooks and crannies".
On this day I was able to bring two of these wild winter jewels to hand on a dry fly.....sterling day for January.
A good fly...thorax dun...a"great" fly for January a thorax dun.