Off-color water is a great time to put on a San Juan worm since the conditions often dislodge worms and send them floating down the current. Last week, I caught trout on dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. But every trout I caught was in a slower moving stretch of water. I did my best when I found pocket water or pools or eddies where trout were feeding on the surface or just below it. One day, one of my sons and I fly fished a one-mile stretch of high mountain stream. We only found five fishable runs. We had a lot of action in each one. Yet we did a lot of walking and wading to get to those spots.
So skip the fast stuff and find the calm, slower water. Yes, fly fishing resembles farming. A lot can go wrong. When it comes to high water, go to a lake if you have the time. Or wait a week or two if you can. But if your only chance to fish is during high water, you can still make it enjoyable.
H opper season is upon us. And from now until some time in early to mid-September, trout will be attacking grasshoppers that fall or are blown into the river. In this episode, we offer up an introductory conversation on fishing during hopper season, what to expect, and how to make the most of this most wonderful part of the fly fishing year.
Ever had a one of those days in late summer fishing hopper season? And which kinds of hopper patterns do you like most? S ome of the best fly fishing occurs at dusk.
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The crowds are gone, the temperature is cooler, and the trout especially Browns feed more aggressively. This has been the case in Colorado this week where my wife and I are visiting family. The best fishing this past week has been fly fishing at dusk, the hour before dark. So make sure your initial rig is in place before you get to the river. If you have to switch flies, consider going with a single fly rather than taking the time to tie on a dropper. Time is slipping away. So is the light. A Parachute Adams, for example, is much easier to see than a fly with a red post or no post. If you use an Elk Hair Caddis, use one with light elk hair.
Or, if you tie your own flies, tie some white synthetic fibers to the top of the fly.
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A cell phone flashlight will do. So will a conventional mini-flashlight. But what I like best is a headlamp. This is true everywhere, but especially in the West. Mountain lions and bears do the same. I took a tumble into the small mountain stream and dropped my rod. Before I could grab it, the current whisked it away. I returned a couple of days later to search for it after the water level had dropped a bit. My son found it at the bottom of the creek in some brush.
When fly fishing at dusk, the shadows and low light can make it harder to see — especially beneath the surface of the water. A nimal encounters are a fact of life in the outdoors. In this episode, we discuss insects, birds, and even domestic cows. Animal encounters and other kinds of critters are part of the great wonder of outside living. What kind of animal encounters have you heard about or experienced while fishing, camping, or hiking? Any porcupine or crow encounters?
I have no business writing about euro nymphing for beginners, other than I tried the technique. And I liked it. I might add a split shot above the first fly if I need to get the nymph into the hot zone. However, at the urging of our one listeners, I decided to give euro-nymphing a try. At the end of this post, I offer up a three resources, including a four-minute overview video that I found on the technique.
With euro nymphing, the recommendation is to purchase a longer rod. And for sure, you need to purchase one if you plan to get serious about the technique. Euro-nymphing rods are longer, between 10 to 11 feet, and you generally purchase the rods in a 2 or 3 weight. Now that I own a euro-nymphing rod 10 foot, 3 weight , I realize how lousy my regular rod was for this technique.
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However, I caught quite a few fish on my regular rod using the euro technique. One day in Montana, I caught eight browns in about 45 minutes while Steve and a friend sat along the bank and ate lunch.
I purchased a Rio, foot leader, but frankly, any brand works. The euro leader is longer than a traditional leader.
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At the end is a tippet ring. You will tie on additional tippet and then your flies on the end of it. A sighter is simply colored material at the end of the leader to which you tie your tippet.
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You can buy leaders that already have the sighter material attached to it. Other fly fishers purchase the leader and the sighter separately — and then tie the two together. I buy the full euro leader with the sighter material. Life is too short for one more knot to tie. With euro nymphing, you do not add split shot or weight to get the nymph down into the hot zone or near the bottom of the river.
corsotherto.tk The nymphs themselves are weighted. The one tip I took away from a book I read the one listed below is to use double-tapered line. That way, I can switch to a dry fly rig without having to carry two rods or having to run back to the truck to grab my regular rod. Explanation of the Euro Leader. Nymphing — the New Way: French Leader Fishing for Trout F ly fishing trips are not easy to plan well, especially if you are heading to a new place.
Two factors unravel the best laid plans: weather and whether there is a bite on. What are the best kept secrets of how you plan for your fly fishing trips? How do you ensure that the experience is one to remember? T he graphite fly rod you hold in your hand is an amazing instrument. It is designed to shoot line, maneuver line, fight fish, and lift line off the water. Actually, this is something you do right at the end of your forward cast.
You will want to try this a few times. But rather than trying to pick up your line and make a back cast all in one motion, lift your rod tip to a 45 degree angle. This lifts your line off the surface. Then make your back cast. Breaking this into two steps — lift then back cast — is especially important if you have a lot of line on the water.