Jan. 18th, Deep Driftless Nymphing

Notes and Thoughts:

  • Cloudy Skies: I saw the sun for about three seconds, could have used a bit more.
  • Decent Air Temp: I’m used to it now, just keep picking the ice from your guides.
  • Fished just a few deep holes for several hours, landed close to 20 browns, a numbers day for me.
  • A #8 KML, #16 O.H.S. Scud, #14-16 Pink Squirrel and #20 Hot Wire Midge all landed trout.
  • 99.8% Roll Casting, the .2% was for a snag that resulted in an unintentional back cast.
  • Keep Chucking Streamers: After nymphing up several fish I swapped to my KML pattern, dead drifted very deep, very slowly under an indicator and took several browns.

This is an attempt to explain how I worked my rig today. This hole was an easy 7ft deep and the trout were holding deep. My casting position required me to pay attention to my line to ensure that my flies were able to sink to the desired depth given the short distance, once there I allowed the current to pull my flies up and in front of the trout. I fished with 2 split shot above a two fly rig and the double mend pictured below was the only way I could get my flies to the fish, I lost so many takes as a result but I took a fair amount of them as well.

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  1. Those diagrams are a great idea! Nice little brownies you pulled out.

  2. i recognize that creek! good to see you got out, i never did this weekend.

    how about that other website? friday works for me as shell is going out.

  3. Yea man, a good friend of mine showed me this hole and the bounty that lay below. Wish you could have been there, I’ll see what I can do about Friday. Peace

  4. Good report. I like the diagrams. Looks like I should have joined you instead of whiling away a few hours hoping for a carp.

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