Yes, it happened. Just minding my own business and all of a sudden, a total stranger, who's now my friend... Jeff, corrals me into casting a dry fly. He said that he was tired of seeing a person with "pretty good skills" not catch as many as I could using a soft hackle. (Or something to that affect). Haha. The conversation went something like this. "Thanks, Jeff, but you don't understand. I can't see those tiny flies on the water. And I don't know how not to pull that perfect drift when I mend. I'm ok with nymphing. I catch enough!" Jeff responds with, "Tell you what, I will trade you the fly that I have been using for one in your box." He didn't want me to miss this epic hatch with trout slurping everywhere...I had no problem with that. And there wasn't anyone to watch my debacle of learning to cast and mend a dry fly. So, what could I lose? It was time to face the music. I'm supposed to want to be experienced in all types of fly fishing. But, I am... well, SCARED.
Of a little dry fly.
As my new found friend walked off to go home, I tied on the big 'ol, bushy caddis that he gave me. I would definitely see this guy on the water. No problem! I have 20/20 vision, but I sure can't follow the dries on the top of the water in the bubbles, film, etc. etc. After about 20 casts and 5 or 6 late sets, I had my brown trout. Whew! Worries were over. I could now relax and look forward to trying this again! This is like the third fish caught on a dry in 4 yrs... if that tells you anything about my anxiety issue...
So... Don't Worry ~ Be Happy!
Isn't that what they say???
~ SUNDAY TIPPET ~
We all have apprehensions. And sometimes they can be for good reason. Like moving to a new city. Starting a new job. We have all been there probably! These are things that require time to get used to things. And I guess that is what I am going to experience now. Getting used to something, that looks like it could be a good thing... just don't have too much experience with it yet! But, I will be patient. And in time, I will see my friend, Jeff, again on the river bank and say to him... "Hey, I'm still working on those pretty good skills"!! I guess that you could say, I now have ANTICIPATION! That's progress... haha!
AnticiPATION, AnticiPayahshun is making me late...oh, sorry I was singing while I was reading. Good job and carry on.ReplyDelete
I guess we missed out on a free concert...oh, darn!Delete
Good for you! Keep trying.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Heidi! I've never been one to throw in the towel... More big, bushy bugs!Delete
We are the total opposite! lolReplyDelete
I prefer to be on top because I can at least see what I am doing wrong by have a ton of drag in my drift, but I am afraid to go underneath with a nymph. I have no idea what its doing, and I have no idea how I should really be fishing it....indicator, no indicator, how deep, how fast....with a dry.....If it floats I am winning half the battle! lol
That's funny. Well, maybe it has to do with what you have more experience with...that makes it easier. I have now have depth expertise! It's all fascinating, anyway you fish it.Delete
Is that a tail on that caddis pattern?ReplyDelete
I have been tying some with a tail also, but caddis don't have tails.
Well don't tell the trout that.....'cause they eat the flies like crazy.
Alan - I have a special fondness for this tailed caddis! Maybe the fish think it's a two for one meal deal... lol.Delete
This sounds like me only in reverse, I still have apprehensions using the nymph, but over time it has developed into one of my favorite techniques on the tailrace. I knew you were into nymph fishing but not to the extent that the dry was kind of void in your fly box. I am glad to see you have found a dry pattern you can see and yes land trout with.
That fly reminds me of the Muddler Minnow, which I fish a lot for warm water species. This fly you are fishing is excellent to use in all the fast water you fish out that way. Any dry that has a lot of hackle; I am into especially one that you don’t have use a lot of floatant with. Are you using floatant with this fly? It is one awesome looking fly that I hope lands you many more browns. Thanks for sharing a great post
Interesting, Bill. I did put floatant on it...but, what do I know. It caught two fish...so maybe it lifted off the water a little more like a live caddis? This is all trial and error right now... lol.Delete
Hi Emily. That is the exact reason I use bigger dries. I just can't see those little guys on the water even with polarized glasses.ReplyDelete
Mark - You just made my day! Thank you...Delete
Howdy, RD, I am about to get thrown off this here blog. Why, you would ask? Now that you have accomplished Nymph fishing, Streamer fishing, and lastly, Dry Fly fishing, I must ask, "Can you catch a fish on a Panther Martin Spinner?ReplyDelete
No... And I never throw a "Geezer" off of the RD Adventure Train!Delete