A line hand retrieve is a valuable skill to master. From ponds and lakes to heavy river streamer runs there are times when a slow fly action is preferred. With the cold water temperatures found many places in the winter months, this is how I start off streamer fishing.
How much weight is enough? How much weight is too much? Nymphs or Streamers in that run on the other side of this channel? The way in which the most effective anglers look at water makes all the difference, not the magic fly pattern or the magic fly rod, because they understand a natural drift is paramount in the successful Nymph Fishing world.
Saturday January 5, 2012 from 10:00am – Noon at the fly shop in Edinburg, VA Harry will cover the Dynamics of Nymphing for Trout in our Winter Workshop Series. Call to reserve your spot (540-984-4212) or sign up here.
Do you like catching Trout on #22 Midges or #16 Dry Flies? Join us December 29, 2012 from 10:00am – Noon at the fly shop for our Winter Workshop: “Exploring the Fine Points of Dry Fly Fishing”. Harry will discuss topics like: How does treating your tippet with Dry Fly Floatant affect the drift of your fly? Are their differences between fishing dry flies and fishing dry midges?(Yes) How do I catch more trout on dry flies? ”Drag Free Drift” – What it means on a large trout stream vs. a small trout stream vs. a spring creek. Bring your questions, this is sure to improve your dry fly success.
Give us a call 540-984-4212 to sign up or sign up online.
The Mr. Rapidan Soft Hackle is a great fly to use when the trout are taking emerging midges.
Many trout feed actively on the great number of chironomid midges which hatch at this time of the year. If you see a dimple rise they are taking the adults so show them a Mr. Raidan Dry Midge size 20. While you are fly fishing if you see splashy rises they are taking the emerging midges so fish for them with a Mr. Rapidan Olive Soft Hackle size 16 or a Brassie size 18.
Fly fishing at the water temperature we have in October (50′s) using the correct fly line wil help you catch the largest bass.
At this time of the year I make sure I carry three different style fly lines in order to fish my flies at the depth required to catch bass at all depths in which they might feed.
1. I use a floating fly line in order to catch them in shallow water and when they feed on the surface.
2. I use a Scientific Anglers Mastery Sink Tip III Fly Line to fish the fast runs and moderately deep water.
3. I use a Teeny 200 Sinking Head Fly Line in order to fish the deepest pools.
By this time of the summer the natural grasshoppers, crickets, and cicadas are large enough to attract the large smallmouth bass. In fact, recently my son Jeff caught one of the largest smallmouth bass of his life on the Murray’s Bass Hopper 8.
These big Murray’s Bass Hoppers are often most productive when fished tight to the banks along hay fields and pasture fields where the natural hoppers live. I do very well by fishing the Murray’s Bass Crickets tight along the heavily timbered banks especially early in the mornings. Cicadas are poor swimmers and I see many of them swept into the large back eddies below the riffles where the bass cruise along feeding on them.
My most dependable tactics with these three bugs is a two inch kicking action every five seconds.
We seldom consider fishing streamers in mountain brook trout streams, but here is a technique that is very successful for me on the mountain brook trout streams as well as in our larger trout streams in the conditions we have now.
I call it a BOUNCE RETRIEVE. Wading upstream and casting straight upstream or up and across stream at a 20 degree angle I allow my streamer to sink deeply. Then I lift the fly rod and get tight to the streamer with my line hand. As the current pushed the streamer back downstream I lift the fly rod 45 degrees over the stream which cause my streamer to swim up through the current just like a natural minnow. Keeping a tight line on the fly with my line hand, I continue this lifting and dropping fly rod motion to swim the fly all the way throughout the pools. This is actually easier than nymph fishing because you will feel these strikes.