Off and on, I’ve been working on throwing size 30 dries while at flat water.
I’m avoiding quick currents and trying to see if I can get fish to take up top at slow or still water, even when there isn’t a hatch going on. The trout can eyeball the flies for a long time.
I’ve gone a few times. I’m getting a fish or two for every few hours on the water. On occasion, I am skunked.
It hasn’t been easy. One morning, I had four takes while fishing upstream of the trout…and, set too soon each time.
I’m good with all that. For more fish, I always can go back to tightlining the Farmington, Deerfield, or Millers (in the spring and fall, when it isn’t too warm).
At times, I’m throwing 8x with my H2 #4, which requires a gentle hook set. I’m finding that, once fish are on, the rod does a great job of quickly taming them. I usually fish small dries with my #000, but I really like the extra reach from a nine-foot fly rod.
The last time, I used 9x. I switched over to it after not getting takes and watching a Swift “ol’ timer” land fish after fish. He mentioned that he was throwing 9x. Some regulars there have 10x on-hand, just in case.
The flexible Euro rod did a great job of absorbing a trout’s surges and head shakes. The fly rod’s length also gave me tremendous reach. I managed to land a few fish, but lost the biggest one of the day when I tried to horse it in. It’s three spectacular jumps were scintillating to watch, though!
So, something a little different to mix it up a bit and keep things fresh and interesting. What do you do for a change-up?