Re: A day on the Hooch

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Posted by Hooker on April 15, 1997 at 18:21:34:

In Reply to: A day on the Hooch posted by Hank on April 15, 1997 at 12:42:59:

: A friend and I fished on the Hooch this past Sunday. It was a little cool and windy but we
: managed. I caught and released 7 bows and 1 brown on corn using barbless hooks. My friend flyfished
: but as usual was not that sucessful. He ended up with 2 bows. He tried 14-18 size dry flies, nymphs, and
: other flys without success. The 2 that he did catch were on artificial corn. We have both been experimenting
: with fly rods but it always seems more difficult. This was our 5th or 6th time out and the one
: with the flyrod always ended up with a lot less fish. Is this the norm or do we need to be better
: educated on flyfishing? Anyway, our outting was fun and we only saw 4 other fisherman. They all
: seemed to have caught their limits, using corn.

Hank, that's normal for fly fishing. I love to catch fish on a flyrod, but conditions have to be right.
Clear low water and a hatch in progress really are ideal. I'll typically catch 10 trout on a spinning rod for
every one I catch on a flyrod. Also, I have had great success with small Rapalas and spinners. Be sure and bend the barbs
down though to reduce injury to the fish. Also, I found that it helps to cover alot of water. Fish may be
totaly inactive in one shoal, but feeding in the next shoal. I have also found that if I catch one or two fish
out of a pool, the fish will frequently stop biting (I think they give off danger signals during the fight which
shut the other fish down). If this happens, I will leave the pool, but come back in a half an hour and frequently
catch several more fish.
Hope this helps a little.

More Tight Lines,

Hooker ;-)

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