Monday, August 22, 2011
Should you use big flies when you are fishing for big trout? The answer to this question is not as obvious as it may seem. We would assume that a big fish wants a big mouthful to eat, but in fact this is not always the case.
It is a good idea to start fishing with a bigger fly to see what results you get. If the trout are not responding then move down to a smaller size fly. You may find that the large trout you are looking for actually take a small fly in preference to a big one. It may be a matter of curiosity rather than of getting something to eat. The fish sees this little thing go skating around in the water and wants to find out what it is so he grabs it.
You will often experience fish who follow your fly right in to the river bank, or to your feet if you are wading. They may do this several times with no attempt to take the fly. Obviously they are curious, and want to check out this funny little thing they have spotted. But they have no real desire to grab it or eat it apparently.
Rising "short" is another example of this phenomenon. You are fishing in a lake, and trout repeatedly rise to your fly and swirl close to it without taking it.They appear to be curious and just checking it out.
Large trout undoubtedly eat small fish for a substantial meal, but they can also be persuaded to take a small fly or nymph very readily at times. So when you go looking for large trout in certain waters by all means start fishing with a big fly, but don't stick with that if you are not getting results. Move down to progressively smaller sizes and try different patterns to see what results you get.It may surprise you!!
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