Techy Thursday - Still Water Solutions

Alex got in touch with me recently seeking some help with his stillwater techniques...

Alex writes:

Hi Chris,

Have been fishing the lake edges quite a bit lately and having a bit of success on everything from dragonflies to damsels to stimulators and hares ear emergers and these have been faster more actively moving / feeding fish. But have also noticed a lot of the fish cruising slowly with their noses pointed downwards looking at the bottom, especially over the sand. Have you got any idea what they are looking for / eating? Have tried pheasant tails in #18, bloodworms, snails in #18 with no luck - quite often they will come right in and look at it / circle but no eat. Any advice would be much appreciated. Those blog entries / articles are excellent by the way. Cheers



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Chris Dore writes:

Hey Alex. Are you retrieving these? In bright / calm conditions I find fish often shy away from moving flies. Instead I often try and drop a lightly weighted pattern in their path, far enough ahead so not to spook them but close enough that they cruise in on a slowly sinking fly. The other option is sitting it static on the streambed and imparting a minute twitch as they approach, or suspending it just above the bottom under a wee dry.

Other ideas:

- Drop down in tippet size if you haven’t already, and use Loon Snake River Mud to dull any shine, particularly on bright days. It does make a difference!

- choose a soft hackled pattern / version of your flies. Your patterns sound on the $ but maybe they lack the impression of life to keep them interested?

- try a weighted pattern sitting on the streambed with a short dropper leading to a foam backed pattern? This will suspend just above the bed and a twitch of the line will make this point fly dive, rather than lift? A small snail, pheasant tail type or chironomid would work well tied this way

- fish an Airflo Clear Camo Intermediate. It will change the angle of your retrieve as well as eliminate any line shadow

- just throw them a woolly know they’ll eat it

Hope this helps!

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