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Old 04-08-2017, 03:25 PM
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So, I realise I am a bit slow catching up with everyone else, but today I switched from wet to dry flies for the first time this season.

I guess it was just force of habit, I've been fishing nymphs (mainly bead heads) since the winter, I was catching fish so I just carried on. The daft thing I switched to dries while trout fishing months ago, but whenever I rocked up to a coarse river on went the nymphs again.

Today, as I walked the river I noticed rise patterns so for a change I popped on a size 12 dry, brown hackled with white wings. I got a rise first cast and a take on the second. I had landed my first fish within two minutes of arriving at the bank. I changed flies a number of times, but stuck with dries (inc a bibio with gh where the chublets seemed to be feeding on caterpillars) and had the best session I've had in a while.

I ended up catching 6 fish in 40 minutes (I was on my lunch break) 4 Chub and 2 decent Dace.

What have I learnt? I always change flies if I'm not catching, but it's worth considering even if you are.

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Old 04-08-2017, 05:42 PM
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Dry flies with bead heads? I am confused ... (mind you, nothing new there).
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Old 04-08-2017, 06:52 PM
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It was one of these;
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The all over hackle means it can float, all be it not for very long.

I cast it just up stream of a bush, let it drift down, and if nothing took it I gave it a little tweak to sink it, hopefully stopping it getting caught on the branches.

A couple of false casts to dry it off and repeat.

A wet fly fished dry I guess.
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You must have fine reflexes. A roach or dace on the dry is a moment easily lost. Even when sixteen years old reflexes behind a shoal of dace that didn't spook I could only manage one take in seven to come to hand.

There are a few roach resident in my trout stream and they undermine your confidence if they rise when you are expecting a trout
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Old 04-08-2017, 09:29 PM
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Small foam beetles would be worth having in your fly box for chub and dace. And well done on catching, plus floating the beaded nymph for a short period before giving a quick tweak to sink it is actually quite neat, certainly a string to the bow and could prove valuable on future sessions even if it's just to drift it into a good place where they won't rise to a full dry
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:31 PM
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And back to wet flies due to the rain.

Has anyone had any success with dry flies in the rain or on fast flowing water after a storm?

I've never seen fish rising in these conditions.

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Old 09-08-2017, 06:12 PM
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Depends on how heavy the rain...
In light rain or immediately after showers hatches can be really good, especially if warm/muggy.... I have had some great little hatches of LDO's and grannom in light rain / following...
I think you can extend that to many flies... Mayfly often teem after light rain.
In part depends how quick it lifts the river
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Even in the recent deluges, I have seen continuous olive hatches and taken rising fish to dries. Sometimes it is hard to tell a rise from a big raindrop hitting your fly.
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Old 10-08-2017, 05:40 PM
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Sounds like I should give dries a go in the next down pour, could be fish are taking drowned or drowning prey.

Today the rain had stopped but the river was high. Also the wind made casting somewhat interesting.

I started with a tungsten headed nymph, to get down in the fast water and got a couple of small Perch.
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I spotted some Dace in a couple of patches of slack water, so switched to a non weighted wet and got one small one.

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But it was when I switched to a dry that I started getting really positive takes.
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Three different flies in 45 minutes and I caught on all of them, but the dry definitely would have stayed on if I'd have had more time.
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I am beginning to think there is no rhyme or reason to fly fishing.

Today the water was still high, but had started to clear.

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There were large schools of fish present swimming high in the water.

Perfect conditions for a dry fly.

Sure enough within the first few casts I had landed a hard fighting (for it's size) Dace;
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After that, however, nothing.

My fly floated over shoal after shoal of fish with no reaction. I cast upstream, downstream, across stream. I tried different drifts, different retrieves, no retrieves but nothing worked.

I tried all manner of dries as well as emerging buzzers and nymphs but the fish just wouldn't rise.

As it was nearly time to leave I switched to a beadhead GRHE almost immediately I had a strong take from a chublet.
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He jumped twice whilst being played and scattered the shoal. So once he was safely released I moved downstream and spotted a mixed school.

I lost the GRHE to a tree, so tied on a generic brown beadhead. This time a slight twitch on the line indicated a Roach on

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(It's been a while since I've had a Roach from a river)

Despite my previous posts, today flies fished near the bottom provoked the best reaction.
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