It was so nice today, that despite the 40 mph wind gusts, I decided to hit the stream across the street for 20-30' after lunch. I started with a stimulator in a #16 and took a fish in the first run.
|Crazy that is March 31 and there are maple flowers dropping... those shouldnt be raining down for a few more weeks based on "normal" winters!|
My rusty dry fly "trigger finger" pulled the fly from a few more fish - awesome to see them attack vigorously!
I adjusted to a bomber, well, the "modified bomber" I'm growing to really like - I just trim the hackles off the bottom, so they are basically a semi circle from the side and over the top of the fly. It sits a little lower in the water in calmer glides, seems to float as well as a "normal" round hackle bomber and... this is probably my perception or confirmation bias, but I feel like my hook up ratio is better as well. (probably is bias, because I've never noticed a lack of hook ups on a stimi before despite round hackles... :))
Well the bomber resulted in several more slightly smaller up to about the same size. Ended up more like 40', and worth every second.
|You can kinda see the bottom of the hackles are trimmed off... the bomber is blurry in the picture, but hopefully it's visible enough to get the concept through...|