Following on from yesterday ‘s blogpost about full circle, and the effectiveness of small flies, tonight I was fortunate enough to uncover a wealth of information! A flat calm in the evening made the feeding fish easy to spot and although several other fishermen assured me there was not much action around the lake, I set out to find the right pattern. When conditions are flat and tough, these are my initial thoughts:
* Keep out of sight – crouch down if possible
* Use a small fly that is not too garish
* Preferably a slightly heavy fly such as a tungsten bead head or one that has a weighted core – this helps extend your leader for maximum distance when casting
* Retrieve slowly, using tiny twitches or a figure of eight retrieve
* Search the surface constantly looking for signs of a fish, walk the bank until you spot movement
* Cast smoothly and let your line land onto the water softly
* Use a light tippet with a length of at least two metres (I use 4lb fluorocarbon)
Sure enough, it was not long before I cracked the code with a spirited rainbow – two and a half pounds of steamtrain challenging my 4lb, 5 weight tackle. As predicted, late autumn’s colder water has brought extra horsepower into the mix:
Whilst cleaning my catch, I spotted movement in the stomach contents, so I filmed the following 72 second video to show you exactly what my trout had eaten:
I identified at least four species of freshwater invertebrates:
Importantly, all of these are significantly smaller than my size 16 beaded deer hair nymph… Just because a fly looks small does not mean it is not effective!
As I was leaving the lake I met a father and son – Michael has fished since the age of two and he and his dad have recently begun fly fishing. Despite his impeccably well mannered reluctance at first, I gave Michael a ‘metiefly’ woven nymph exactly the same as the one in tonight’s blog and wished him a lifetime of fishing fun and shared adventures with his Dad. Let’s hope it brings him great fortune!
Thank you for reading as always.