It was a good year for catching nice fish


It must be said right now: I had a blast figuring out how to catch bigger fish on a consistent basis in 2009 and I know that this year is going to be even better because of the high water this winter. In case you did not know; our fish grow at an astounding rate when the water is high for extended periods of time. I have a lot of ideas regarding how I will expand my streamer fishing on the White River, Little Red and Norfork Tailwater in 2010. I’ve been chatting with Mickey Wier briefly on the phone and he is the real deal right now as someone who is rightfully gaining recognition in the fly fishing world. If you are not following this character, you are missing out on getting to know someone who can enhance your enjoyment of the sport. You need check out is his blog. Mickey has a buddy with whom he travels with when he goes on expedition-type fishing trips to exotic locales like Mongolia. His name is Brent Dawson and his site is called http://www.warpathflys.com . There is tons of cool content to be found on this website and it is worth checking out if you get the time. Brent is a very creative tier with some of the most innovative ideas on how to fish deep. As you know, the really BIG fish hang out near the bottom and if you are not getting your fly down, you will never get one of these pigs to hit. Large trout are lazy and will not move very far for a meal. That is all I’m going to say on this subject for the moment, but know that I will be doing my homework alongside you as we learn more about the exciting opportunities that accompany streamer fishing. Just don’t forget who opened these doors for you.

What I’m about to say will change the way that you think about streamer fishing, but you have to be a “streamer type of guy” to really understand it. The one thing about developing as an angler is that you have to do a little experimentation with the patterns you are learning how to fish. Then, and only then, can you start to think outside-the-box in a productive way. This has been my focus throughout 2009 and I’ll share the primary concept regarding what it really takes to get the big browns to hit in high water.

Sinking lines alone are not enough when the water on our rivers gets to rolling. This year ,I have learned that fishing articulated streamers that are unweighted , while solely relying on sink tips or fly lines with shooting heads in different weight grains for my weight, that the fly will not get down deeper than four feet ( and that’s with a 450 grain head on a 9-weight line). Current plays a huge roll with respect to prohibiting fly lines from sinking at the rate they were designed to. For example: if the manufacturer says a line should sink at a 7.0 inches-per-second, that refers to the sink rate in very little to no current. If the current is strong, this line is really only sinking at 1.0 inches per second. Considering that whole trick here is getting the fly down in the strike zone quicker, it is time to rethink how we approach getting a fly down to where it needs to be. Think about it; if you make a cast to the bank and start to strip line, by the time your fly is where it should be depth-wise, it is already off the bank and away from where the fish are holding. It makes complete sense to fish these types of rigs if the water is less than four feet deep, but it gets any deeper, we need to come up with a different strategy for getting the fly into the strike zone faster. It is critical that every strip of line moves the fly into places where the fish should be. So what do we do? You guessed it -weight the fly as well. It has to be this way in order to be effective. This is all I’m going to say right now -the rest will have to wait for the river. Keep checking in with this page as I will keep everyone posted on the results of my experiments

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~ by troutdoctor101 on December 3, 2009.

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