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Old 12-31-16, 11:25 AM   #1
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This is my first post; I'd consider myself a novice angler and intermediate flyfisherman. I got some new gear for Christmas and trying to get back into flyfishing after a few year hiatus. Looking forward to picking it back up!

I've been out to island ford a couple of times over the past few weeks due to its proximity to home. I haven't had any luck yet (been using y2ks, hare ear, and beadhead nymphs with strike indicator). Does anyone have advice for IF, and/or fishing the hooch DH in general for this time of year? Or am I better off changing locations?

Happy New Year to all and Thanks in advance! I'll continue to search through the Hooch message board for information.
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Old 12-31-16, 11:54 AM   #2
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IF fishes tough in the winter time since most fish are holdovers and not recently stocked so naturals are the way to go. Egg patterns have never worked well at IF and hares ears are the most dominant pattern. Size 16 and 18 sizes tend to work better in the winter with 12 and 14 being the spring/summer size. Hares ears soft hackles will produce in 16's. Also a good time to throw zebra midges in 18 and 20's. You have to get your flies to the bottom as the fish are pretty much hugging it right now with the river temps in the 50's. In faster water, tight line techniques are a more effective way to get your flies down fast and no hinge effect. Deep slow water is good for an indicator or dry/dropper. IF is great water to perfect your techniques as it has all water types.
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Old 12-31-16, 12:04 PM   #3
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I am pretty new to flyfishing as well and haven't tried IF, yet. But, if you want to catch some fish and get your chops back on fly-ing try white water, they just stocked it a few weeks ago or smith creek. Smith is pretty easy, low water, simple wading, tons of fish. just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-31-16, 02:36 PM   #4
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Size 16 and 18 sizes tend to work better in the winter with 12 and 14 being the spring/summer size. Hares ears soft hackles will produce in 16's. Also a good time to throw zebra midges in 18 and 20's. You have to get your flies to the bottom as the fish are pretty much hugging it right now with the river temps in the 50's.
Thanks for the info about nymph size Mr. Pat, I was still fishing the larger 12's and 14's when I saw you out there the other day. I caught a few but may have caught more if I had down sized my nymphs a bit.
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Old 12-31-16, 08:31 PM   #5
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Just out of curiosity, when/how do they stock IF? I haven't fished it since the DH began downstream because of the sheer abundance of fish elsewhere closer to home.
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Old 12-31-16, 08:37 PM   #6
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They have 2 stocking locations at IF. One at the boat ramp and one on the other side of the island.
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Old 01-01-17, 09:44 AM   #7
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Thanks 2Fly, that makes sense - I forgot there was a boat ramp there...
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Old 01-01-17, 05:05 PM   #8
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I slipped out for about 90 minutes this afternoon with my new rig to try some tight lining. I expected a day of basically just casting/drifting practice since it was my 1st real tight line attempt when I actually got a good tug. He took a size 16 rainbow dubbed scud with a pink hot spot that was the bottom fly. Also had a size 16 hares ear on top. I wasn't trying to cover a ton of water and had the whole river to myself so I could fish anywhere I wanted. This one came out of a slower hole that was about 3' deep.
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Old 01-01-17, 05:46 PM   #9
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I slipped out for about 90 minutes this afternoon with my new rig to try some tight lining. I expected a day of basically just casting/drifting practice since it was my 1st real tight line attempt when I actually got a good tug. He took a size 16 rainbow dubbed scud with a pink hot spot that was the bottom fly. Also had a size 16 hares ear on top. I wasn't trying to cover a ton of water and had the whole river to myself so I could fish anywhere I wanted. This one came out of a slower hole that was about 3' deep.
Nice work!
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I slipped out for about 90 minutes this afternoon with my new rig to try some tight lining. I expected a day of basically just casting/drifting practice since it was my 1st real tight line attempt when I actually got a good tug. He took a size 16 rainbow dubbed scud with a pink hot spot that was the bottom fly. Also had a size 16 hares ear on top. I wasn't trying to cover a ton of water and had the whole river to myself so I could fish anywhere I wanted. This one came out of a slower hole that was about 3' deep.
Nice one, makes me jealous I have to spend my new years in a cubicle at work
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