By Landon R. Mayer
Each fly-fishing challenge has an answer. This selection of recommendation from veteran teacher Landon Mayer is helping you study your earlier error and easy methods to adapt to a variety of fishing conditions.
Unorthodox strategies for universal fly-fishing problems
Covers every thing from fly choice and rigging to touchdown fish
Features 250 colour pictures to demonstrate right concepts
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Even when the water’s surface fills with giant insects like Green Drakes, trout are still wary if the imitation is too big. You are better off downsizing the fly to fool selective trout. For stillwater trout and anadromous fish, insect size changes in reverse. When insects and other food supplies are growing to maximum potential, you want to oversize the fly to get a reaction from cruising trout. A great example of this for stillwater trout is midges, which are known to reach #18 to #14 or even larger.
I was tying intricate patterns from the beginning and had to pay attention to detail as I tied classic patterns that are now forgotten. I believe this experience, merged with today’s highly effective patterns, has made me more successful in fly selection. I now have a backup plan while trout hunting. What I’ve found is that often the older pattern with less flash or material is the better fly. The prime example of this is the caddis. Many caddis larvae look stunning in the bin but fail to perform in the water because they are flashy imitations.
For streamers 6- to 8-weight rods are common. I prefer a 7-weight because it is the most versatile, allowing me to fish streamers on a river in the morning and then cast to pike in a stillwater bay in the afternoon. To get maximum power and distance out of a stream rig, try overweighting the rod by one weight in fly line. My preferred set up is a 7- weight rod and reel matched to an 8-weight textured series fly line from Scientific Anglers. ) and speed to each cast when needed. Trout see upward at a 45-degree angle when they feed.