fly fishing
   Scott Thomas Thorpe










Tackle and Flies

This is a great opportunity to use your bamboo rod. The intimate scale of the streams are a perfect fit for a 7' to 8'-6" rod in 4 or 5 weight. Some of the tiny brook trout waters are fun places to try a 2 or 3 weight rod, in a more diminutive length. I'll often carry two rods, one an eight foot 5 weight, set up for nymphing, the other a seven foot 4 weight, set up for dry fly fishing. My 1937 restored Goodwin Granger 8' 5 weight bamboo sometimes bumps the nymphing rod out of the line up to do some soft hackle wet fly fishing. Most times, a floating line is appropriate, but sometimes I'll fish a Teeny sink tip to dredge a stripped streamer along the bottom, especially after dark. I'll also fish a Morrish mouse after dark. Flies will vary with the season. Our winter arsenal includes tiny San Juan worms, red wire midges, Griffith's gnats, tiny Adam's (#24), Ray Charles and other scuds, and pheasant tail nymphs in all forms. Peeking stick caddis, Bethke's pink squirrel nymphs and traditional soft hackles imitate the emerging caddis. In the spring, all forms of cripples, duns, spinners, emergers and spentwings in sizes #20 to #14 work for the sulphers and BWO's. Fishing two fly's, a dropper from a dry is standard practice. Sometimes it helps to float a hi-vis Adams ahead of your #24 trico, just to be able see what is going on. It helps to carry many versions and variations of each fly, in order to offer fussy trout plenty of choices. I'll carry six different versions of a trico in various sizes, never knowing which one the trout will prefer that morning. .



  
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