Several more casts and another one swiped at it. The pool was clear so I could see the action. These fish were coming right off the bottom. The soft hackle fly was pulsating as if it were hatching I could see it doing what it was supposed to do.
This was my best of the day. He took the ant in a heavy riffle near a fallen log. One thing that stood out was the fact that these fish were so healthy and well fed. Maybe the reason is the amount of ants their eating.
Yes folks it's mid January and ants are working.
Select 3 chickabou feathers. If possible choose 3 different sizes. Is this step critical well maybe not but it makes a nicer profile in the finished fly.
I can remember all of my stream crossings though it might take a few moments to recall them. Like a book the mind will highlight those streams when the pages are turned.
I wish I had underwater video of the flies action for it was remarkable. As the fly lay motionless in the current the darker portion of the fly expanded which chickabou will do. Well that expansion drew some violent strikes and that led me to believe the brookies were taking it for a sculpin. Many small streams have generous populations of sculpin and they are a sought after food source for trout.