My project for the year has been this: fishing streamers and wet flies. Fishing with Joe Drake and reading Dave Hughes’ Wet Flies will do that to you. Every year, I decide to pick a river or a technique on which to focus. I’ll liberally visit other waters or employ other techniques to catch fish,
Now that I’ve been fly fishing for six years, I am (slightly) more calm when I arrive at the river. Previously, there were so many things going through my head: Did I bring the right gear? Do I have enough flies? Where will the fish be? I hope I don’t have to tie a blood
If you tie your own soft hackles, you’ll eventually start running out of small feathers. That’s a pain because skins aren’t cheap. But, all is not lost, for here is a very helpful Tim Flagler video on using larger feathers. It’s a very cool fly-tying trick, but would you expect anything less from Tim?
I am learning that stealth matters. I’ve been experimenting at the Farmington permanent TMA, far away from the newly-stocked areas, and have been visiting the same few stretches to see where the fish are and what they’re willing to take at different flows. With water still high, I’m finding that fish are close to the