Posted by Chris England on June 05, 1997 at 07:50:52:
In Reply to: patterns posted by Joe on June 04, 1997 at 21:51:38:
I've been catching my fair share on the following:
# 14-18 grey, or black elk hair caddis.
# 16 brown caddis soft hackle emerger (sometimes fished dry, and often fished as a dropper behind a #12 grey caddis or, parachute adams)
# 14 olive caddis emerger.
# 12-14 hares ear nymph (bead heads, depending on the current)
# 12-14 royal wulff is a good prospecting fly.
do not hesitate to throw a #14 blue wing olive,
#14 henryville special, or a #14 blue dun
I usually start out by prospecting, until I see what the fish are doing. You can do this one of two ways: Use an attractor (see royal wulff), or just tie a hares ear on. You'll catch more generally if you start out with the hares ear, because of the distinct possibility that the stain is going to just shut surface activity down. I personally start with the wulff. If there is any activity on the surface, I usually like to try and go for it. If there is a little stain to the water, try fising the shallower feeding areas. Any fish that are rising will usually be in these areas, they can get a better look at the fly.
Below 20, try the Fish Weir Shoals, Settles Bridge (I live 3 miles from here on the Forsyth Co. side), or go down to Jones Bridge Park. Jones Bridge is an excellent place, but be prepared to fight crowds.
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