I'm headed down to hochatown this weekend to do some fishing, watch the masters, and have a fun Easter weekend. Typically I fly fish on the stretch just above evening hole bridge. Last time I was there I did a guided trip with some buddies that haven't fly fished before. They took us up spillway creek but we were pretty much just bobber fishing with fly rods. I like catching fish but the fishing style was not rewarding. I don't get to fish a ton so I'm not a great fly fisherman despite my "years" of doing so. I most enjoy dry flies, for obvious reasons. I struggle with depth and presentation with my wet flies. I was posting to see of anyone had info on whether or not I could do some dry fly fishing this weekend, maybe some fly pattern recommendations and possibly other spots I should try to hit.
No suggestions as you asked about but...I would guess when you said "bobber fishing", you meant fishing using a strike indicator; either yarn, thingamabobber, or foam indicator. I'm with you 100% about an indicator not being a favorite method, but sometimes, you gotta do what it takes. Fishing using an indicator still requires presentation, the right depth, and maybe the right fly in the right size.
All that said, I much prefer using soft hackles (my favorite), flymphs, or nymphs without an indicator. Dries can produce but usually for short amounts of time in a given day. The amount of weight you apply and the current speed will likely determine the depth you can get to. But--if you go that route, you could miss a lot of takes if you are not paying close attention to indications of a take. My point is that if you would rather go without indicator, experiment with other options. Yes, an indicator is usually my last resort--but if that is what it takes..........
Post by zacharyhorn on Apr 5, 2023 12:20:27 GMT -6
I say bobber fishing because we put large plastic bobbers on and tossed our lines in those deep pools up spillway. Putting on a strike indicator and fishing the stream I have no problem with. But putting on a big bobber and plopping it in a super slow moving deep pool, I'm not really interested in that type of fishing.
Not sure if you were on a trip through our shop or not but typically we assess the needs of the whole trip and base where we go location wise off of those needs. Group trips, especially with beginners, are going to focus on access and ability to fit everybody in a stretch of water. We want people to catch fish, not just cast to empty water all day. We find people have much more fun and gain more interest in fly fishing if they put more fish into the net. Typically our more intimate one to two person trips will cover a wide array of water and techniques.
As far as that specific technique, putting a bobber (indicator) on is known as suspension nymphing. The main use of the indicator is to suspend your flies at the depth you want, with the addition of weight usually. It is a bonus that it will help detect strikes. Most people miss a large majority of strikes with an indicator anyways because they don't see the subtle strikes they get. If you were on one of our trips, you would have been using either a 1/4 inch or 1/2 airlock or corelock indicator, our guides don't use bigger. Those sizes are typical of nymphing in every major fishery and region throughout the country, if suspension nymphing. You will also run across yarn indicators which serve the same purpose.
To answer your question, yes there will be dry fly opportunities this weekend. Just be prepared to dodge some terrible crowds. And every guides/fisherman's ideal day of fishing is to cast surface flies to trout feeding on top. Unfortunately, that is not always possible and you have to fish the condition.
Tight Lines, Peter
Last Edit: Apr 5, 2023 17:06:21 GMT -6 by breeden3