Rich M wrote:Don't try to be casting like the guys in "A river runs thru it". Keep the casts as short as you can - roll casting is probably the best way to pick up a sinking line...
The leaders are tapered to help roll the fly over. Can't really use straight 2# test, it has to taper from thick to thin...
You have to figure out what your primary forage base is - may flies, stone flies, caddis... Each has a diff style nymph. If you want to focus on catching, you need to focus on the nymphs more than anything else.
The black wooley bugger, the hares ear, hornberg are all trout catching flies in the right time. It is hard to beat a marabou fly in dark olive or black during the crappie spawn - they tear it up but you can't move it fast...
A funny thing - we fish just about everything from offshore trolling to bass & walleye & pike to crappie, and trout & bluegills on fly rod and with spin tackle. My mom was out west somewhere on some big named trout stream, tearing up the cut throats on a small gold Little Cleo spoon and all the fly fishing guys were following her around, trying to get in front of her. Good times!
Fly fish for the fun of it - a person with a spinning rod and a quality spoon or small Rapala CD will outfish it about every day of the week. I used to really enjoy the spring may fly hatches and then return for the spent-wing-spinner fishing (after they lay their eggs and die). We caught a lot of fish but the best part was it was dry fly fishing. More fun but often less productive than wets and nymphs.
Last comment - we were fishing Grand Lake Stream in Maine...my cousin & I went out and night fished below the dam - caught salmon on about every cast with streamers...in the vast darkness...on streamers!
Good memories of fun times. Thanks!
Grand lake stream. Clearest water I have ever seen in my life. It was all about streamer fishing. Micky Finn was streamer of choice. Have buddies that fish that every spring.
You can see the salmon laYing on the bottom. Cool place.