(Tightline Productions) I have a few go-to flies. The ubiquitous Hare’s Ear is one. The other is this: the Frenchie. It was the fly that landed 38 trout for me one autumn day on the Westfield River. A day I will never forget! It’s an attractor nymph, meant not to match the hatch but to
One fly that has been absolutely killer for browns is something I’m calling “The Slim Reaper.” I don’t know why, but brown trout go crazy for it. Maybe it’s because we’re in caddis season. Maybe it’s a combo of pink, ginger, and chartreuse. Maybe it’s because the Angora fur is super-buggy. Regardless, the fly has
I did a half-day outing this weekend. Started at the Quinapoxet. Water was super low at about 31 cfs. Landed a wild brookie and quite a few fallfish. Saw some stockies, and they appeared to be scared out of their minds. They weren’t interested in what I was throwing. Unfortunately, Jurassic Park-like mosquitoes were there.
As the temps heat up, water levels lower, and stocked trout get more educated, I am thinking of trying some new-ish and smaller flies. Here are some: I’ve found that small flies do a better job at fooling trout. So, I recently tied a few new ones: #22 Pheasant Tail: When I stomach-pumped a few