View Full Version : Why don't they like what I thow at them??
05-03-01, 01:07 PM
Saturday after the Fling I waded in and started fishing (Didn't have a tube)... Around 6 I began to see a little hatch north of the park. I saw a few rising and was casting an natural EHC. Nothing. I tried a few other flies and nothing. After about an hour and a half, completely frustrated I got out and walked back toward the park and my car. I decided that I would wade out around the deck that sticks out on the Cobb side. The trout were jumping out of the water and the hatch was huge. I couldn't get them to take anything... I left around 8:30 without any confidence.
I'd like to go back on Sat. Morning before Music Midtown and give it a try.
Can someone tell me what was hatching last Sat. evening and what they were taking them on? I thought EHC would do it - what color were they taking?
I'm gonna have to start lying about how many I caught if I can't produce this weekend http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
05-03-01, 01:28 PM
Dear Doug, the hatch was in full swing at the Park. It's a light grey caddis. I used a regular EHC, and then a Goddard caddis( which was brown) to catch some. The trick wasn't in the fly, but in how the fly acted.
They were chasing emergers mostly and movement of the fly was paramount.
Use lots of flotant and skate that thing across the runs and then dead drift where the slow water starts.
05-03-01, 04:34 PM
I've had some luck with EHC #16 or #18 sizes. Also use a caddis emerger pattern floating in the film. Don't use anything bigger than #16.
The color may also be significant as Owl says. A grey color may help, as the classic light brown or tan is not close to the color of the current hatch at JB.
What a long strange trip it's been...
05-03-01, 04:48 PM
The following has been working for me and a bud who've been fishing the hatch 3-4 times/week for the last 3.
Week before last and into early last week an olive #16 EHC worked fine.
I fished Friday evening before the fling from 1500-1930, and the fish liked a grey body better (Sorry for the false lead Owl... I tried to catch you on the chat room, but oh well).
That pattern has stayed consistent thus far.
Also try clipping back the hair on your EHC, and darkening it with a marker. My bud has been producing well doing that.
X-caddis in #16 has also been a hot item.
A little seining didn't turn up that many emergers, so I don't really buy that theory. I did catch a few on a black emerger fished as a dropper though... Yeah, I know what they say about splashy rises & such, but I'm not so sure that's the case with the erratic caddis. I just think the fish have a hard time catching the little guz's. I've fished that hatch on the hootch for going on 12 years now, and it's always been pretty consistant.
You might also try to fish the swifter water, if your pattern isn't quite a match. The fish can't get a really good look at the fly... it'll help. Conversly, try a grey tent wing if you like to fish the slack water.
-- tight lines
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