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Yesterday was really nice in Highland IL.  So I went out to the winter trout pond with a new rod and high hopes.  I tried a woolly with no luck.  I then went to a size 14 crackleback with no luck, until!  I was reeling in my line to move to a new spot and caught a trout on it.  Of course, that was the clue I needed.  I switched to fast short pulls, and I lost one and brought two more to hand in about 30 minutes.  

I'll try it out again and see if it was this day thing or maybe a new fishing pattern.  Now I just need to tie some more up.  I also wonder if I should try some winged wet flies.  

Tight Lines

 

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1 hour ago, mic said:

Yesterday was really nice in Highland IL.  So I went out to the winter trout pond with a new rod and high hopes.  I tried a woolly with no luck.  I then went to a size 14 crackleback with no luck, until!  I was reeling in my line to move to a new spot and caught a trout on it.  Of course, that was the clue I needed.  I switched to fast short pulls, and I lost one and brought two more to hand in about 30 minutes.  

I'll try it out again and see if it was this day thing or maybe a new fishing pattern.  Now I just need to tie some more up.  I also wonder if I should try some winged wet flies.  

Tight Lines

 

         Well done Mic. Pretty neat catching on your flies! 

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12 hours ago, nomolites said:

I always catch more stripping that fly, no contest.

Mike

Do you tie or use any with bead heads?

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Living creatures always move. Fish react to motion more or less regardless of fly pattern.

Personally I never use beads. If I want weight, I'd rather use lead wire under the body or a wire rib over the body, so that  some degree of balance is achieved,  In my mind the bead head makes the fly into a jig with head down action, and is better adapted to bobber fishing, but that's just my opinion. 

Most of my flies are unweighted these past several years and I get them to sink by other means on the  rare occasion that I want to stir the mud. Even my Clouser Minnows are only lightly weighted with bead chain rather than dumbbells. Simply using a stout hook rather than a dry fly hook for the palmer/woolyworm/crackleback flies is enough that they can be fished just below the surface.

 

 

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