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    Default You're go to tactic/fly

    If you arrive at your river/stillwater and there is nothing showing on the surface, what would be you're 'go to' Fly or tactic be.

    I, as a river fisher and a lover of dry fly, would generally go to what I would describe as a 'bushy' - something along the lines of a well dressed cdc sedge for example. I would fish this blind in 'All' parts of the pools, in the hope of bringing something up.

    Should this fail, I would then default to a couple of weighted nymphs. Obviously conditions will dictate, but in the main that would be my second strategy.

    I know the correct replies will be 'it depends on the conditions' but anglers that I know all have there own little go to flies and tactics in some sort of order.

    Should I fail with dry fly and then nymphs - I would then reach for the maggo--------




    Douglas
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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    For river the duo. Grey nymph on point and if early season a grey parachute dry, mid to late the dry would be CDC bubble emerger.
    Stillwaters would be bead head buzzer on point either all black, black and pearl rib or brown. I would have standard buzzers on droppers either all black (depending on point buzzer), black and pearl rib, brown or olive. Fished on a floating line and would fish it all year round.
    I have a wife and daughter. I'm always wrong and outnumbered.

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    On the river, I try & cover as much water as possible & keep on the move usually, with a couple of spider patterns, especially early season, stillwaters is basically a search & seek until the depth where fish are feeding is found, normally a buzzer/Diawl type pattern.
    There's more to life than just fishing....but I ignore them.

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Small stillwater, floating line with a long leader, cormorant on the point, organza db on the middle, little black and red spider on the Bob.
    Not another blank.

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Pretty much as Wobblyface says, duo on river (a good buoyant sedge with usually a sawyer PTN underneath) - maximise your chances covering surface and sub at the same time. And buzzers for Stillwater.

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    For river the duo. Grey nymph on point and if early season a grey parachute dry, mid to late the dry would be CDC bubble emerger.
    Stillwaters would be bead head buzzer on point either all black, black and pearl rib or brown. I would have standard buzzers on droppers either all black (depending on point buzzer), black and pearl rib, brown or olive. Fished on a floating line and would fish it all year round.

    Hi Wobbly face,


    Can I ask, What size would you're early season river flies be.



    Douglas

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Orange or Silver Invicta, claret or Golden olive bumble,blae and black or a Zulu
    and then take it from there,easker1

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    Hi Wobbly face,


    Can I ask, What size would you're early season river flies be.



    Douglas
    Usually about a 14s. Great when the LDOs appear. Para dries tied with purple thread, later size 16 tied with olive or grey thread and finally 18s tied with yellow thread. All nymphs tied with grey thread from 14s down to 20s.
    I have a wife and daughter. I'm always wrong and outnumbered.

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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    I always walk to the bottom of the beat and observe what is going on first before deciding how I'm going to approach it, unless I have decided before hand I want to practice something in which case I'll pick water to suit the tactic.

    Even then it doesn't always go to plan so now I simply go with an open mind and switch to suit.

    If I had to pick a banker method it would be the duo with a gold or copper headed GRHE flash back nymph in a size 14 or 16. I have ultimate faith in this set up and it caught me fish when others were struggling.




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    Default Re: You're go to tactic/fly

    Stillwater! If there's a wind, a chenille bug, if no wind then a weighted black spider point and a bumble on the dropper.

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