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Re: doing an effective line mend

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:40 pm
by William Anderson
Smuggler wrote: I recall seeing this hat in your basement William.


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Re: doing an effective line mend

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:02 am
by Tom Smithwick
Fishing tip on mends. A very counter intuitive, but sometimes effective technique is to use a downstream mend. Of course, this causes the fly to drag immediately, but swim directly across the river below your position. This shows a broadside view of the fly to fish lying upstream, which can be effective with streamers in particular. Also effective when fishing an Isonichia hatch, when swimming the nymph in an emergence.
It is also worth an occasional try if things are slow with dead drifted wet flies. I guess the fish take them for micro minnows.

Re: Silver Flies and Golden Needles

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:15 am
by swellcat
I guess the fish take them for micro minnows.

That's a very interesting speculation, one I'd hoped to get at in revisiting the "Silver Flies" thread.
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Re: doing an effective line mend

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:36 pm
by redietz
Tom Smithwick wrote: Of course, this causes the fly to drag immediately, but swim directly across the river below your position.


Not if there's a back eddy on your side. You sometimes have to mend downstream to maintain a dead drift.

But, yes, speeding up the "swing" is sometimes effective as well. You mention iso's but I've also found it true when there are little black stones on the water. Sometimes trout just want to chase something and kill it.