Fly Fishing

Piscifun fly fishing reels

The Art of Fly-Fishing Page 4


There are several other very beautiful and useful casts, which nothing but actual practice under an expert will enable one to acquire. By all means fish up streaks, if possible. Trout lie with their heads toward the head of the stream, waiting for their food to float toward them. Their vision above and ahead is singularly acute? but extremely poor toward the rear. Cast above them and let the flies float down over them. They are not as likely to see you as if you were in front, and they will not be disturbed by the dirt and debris which you set in motion and which float down stream.

In spring and early summer trout may be found in comparatively shallow water among the ripples. Of course, where the current is very strong in these ripples or miniature rapids, it may sometimes be desirable to fish for them from up stream, but this practice is to be avoided when possible.

The tackle and methods, as indicated above, are identical for both trout and black bass, with the exceptions, while the trout fly rod may run from 9 to 10 1/2 feet in length and for practical purposes weigh from 6 to 7 1/2 ounces, the bass rod should be about 10 feet in length and requiring more backbone should weigh from 8 to 10 ounces. Trout and bass flies are almost identical in their patterns, but while trout flies should be tied on sprout hooks ranging in size for ordinary work from 8 to 10 or for clear much fished streams, on even No. 12 , the bass casting flies are tied on Nos. 2, 3, 4. and 5. The most useful may be named as follows. Coachman, professor, soldier grizzly-king queen of the water, and ibis, while the green, brown, yellow and red hackles, together with the white hackle for evening use or on very dark days, will be found excellent stand-bye.

While for ordinary streams flies tied on 8 to 10 sprout hooks and the regulation single trout leaders will be found satisfactory, for work on very clear and much fished waters, when the trout have by actual experience or hereditary knowledge become shy, midges or very tiny f1ies on No. 12 hooks and very finely drawn leaders will more successfully deceive them. On such streams the English method of dry-fly fishing is often the only style of casting that will put trout in the creel.

From American Game and Food Fishes. Jordan and Evermann.