Field Notes:

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  • AT: 4pm, DT: 7:30pm
  • Air Temp: ~50°F
  • Water Clarity: Slightly Stained
  • No Hatching Activity, No Rising Trout
  • Baetis Nymphs in Large Quantities
  • Landed 12+ Browns <10in, 3 Browns >10inches
  • Fished a #8 SMB in Brown and Black

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  1. Any chance you would be willing to post a video of you tying the olive SMB? That fly is a verified trout slayer. Am I correct that most of your success with the SMB occurs on a dead drift?

    avatar Evan
    1. I’ll consider it Evan, free time has been cut shorter with the warmer weather but I’ll think about it. I agree it is a trout slayer, love that fly. It’s taken the two largest fish I’ve caught to date, it fishes well all year long, it just works. As for the dead drift… well, it kind of depends, right now I’ve been fishing alot of deeper water that almost requires a dead drift to get it down deep enough, with that said as of late the trout have been hitting it on the drift, if they don’t hit it by the time I’m ready to cast again I try stripping it out at a varied pace. In shallower water I strip it in quite a bit, especially through riffles. If I’m targeting rainbows I fish it on the swing almost 100% of the time for two reasons, 1st a UofM study done a few years ago on trout in the Driftless Area and in particular S.E. MN showed that the stocked Rainbow trout feed from the drift or closer to the surface almost 100% of the time where Brown’s tended to display a benthic eating behavior sniping food from rocks off the bottom. The weight of this fly with maybe a single split shot will keep it under the surface a couple inches when swinging it through a run, rainbows hit it and set the hook for you. In slower water, in the summer months when the fish are more active yet I will let it sink after casting and strip it back in varying from slow to fast typically. So I guess that is one long winded answer, hope it helps.

  2. I’ll second that. Would love to see an SMB tutorial, though a recipe would be awesome too. You’ve got a good thing going there.

    Any chance you recall the specific study mentioned. I’d be interested in taking a look at it if possible.


    avatar Nic

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