Saturday, August 13, 2016

Strike two!

Some tiny E.needihami 
It was another hot and humid day so I was up early and in the river at dawn.  I left the waders at home and wet waded! I was back to take another shot at fishing tiny flies to rising fish. There weren't as many rising fish this morning but I did find a little brook trout that wanted to play tag with a small ant a couple of consistent risers after the sun was up for a while.  This morning the fish got the best of me but at least I can say that I can tie and present a small chocolate CDC emerger well enough to entice a few fish but I am still having trouble hanging on!  I had two solid hookups and broke both off again but I'm not giving up just yet!

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  1. Very nice emerger mark my kind of fly,as far as losing fish, three things I've learned ,one I use only straight eye hooks and only tiemcos ,model 101. I bend them in the vise just to offset the barb slightly, Ed shenk trick. I use fly rods that are more medium to med fast in action. I only use 6 and 7x tippet on flys that are sz. 20 to 26. Ido lengthen my leader to 30 inches. Those are just some things that have helped. The best book I ever read on small flys was Ed Engles. fishing small flys, excellent read on the subject. I think it's great small fly fishing interests you. It's a great challenge, but well worth the effort when you have succes. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Brad - thanks for the info, both fish broke off the tippet. I know the first was operator error but the second, I thought I had hooked well when the fish thrashed around on the surface and the tippet broke at the eye (I think)

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  2. I just started using small flies last fall and also learned at the hands of Ed Engle's Fishing Small Flies. Fish on my friend, this is where it really gets fun.

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    1. Howard - thanks! Looks like Engle's book is recommended reading

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  3. Hey buddy I give you an A+ for tying such small flies and a A+++++ for trying to fish them.

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  4. very nice tying's & a nice blog to read through, keep up the good work.
    George @ The Flee & Float

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    1. Thanks for stopping by George. You've got a nice blog there!

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  5. I'll give you an A for effort, but they are too small for me and it has been too hot and humid!!Fall is coming soon !!!

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  6. Pete - thanks, effort is about all I can claim! It has been hot and dry lately but these things don't last forever thankfully. Get that streamer rig tuned up, fall is coming!

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  7. Mark, have you ever tried "tenkara?" I think you should. I land my 19-20" trout on 6-7x tippet EVERY TIME. I suspect your rod is too stiff for the fish you love to catch, especially at the tip. If you have a softer tip and a softer rod, it will take a heck of a lot of stress of your tippet.

    There are many reasons I haven't used a reel in 6 years, and this is one of them. There is something special about using a long rod, short line, and fine tippet to catch fish of any size. Not only will you find improved drifts and easier line control on your small streams, but you'll also have more fun playing the small fish on a more delicate rod. No western rods can really do this without being too short, unless you have a custom build.

    Feel free to email me if you want to discuss further... I'll be near some of your ADK small streams this weekend through next, maybe we can meet up and I can put one of those rods in your hand for a couple of hours?

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    1. Thanks for the offer Klags. I've never tried Tenkara though I have fished similar flies often. On small streams I really prefer a short rod. For me it is so much easier to use and maneuver with. I don't know how Tenkara anglers manage in tight quarters. I think in the above situation, having about 40 ft of line out downstream of my position didn't help matters.

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