July 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm #6455
I went fishing today in the IPWA, yeah, that’s where the black bear nibbled on a teenagers head, but they got the bear, and the boy is doing well thank God.
Anyway, the creek was high, clear, and the fish were happy to introduce themselves to me. The weather was perfect, with a stiff breeze now and then, but not bad at all. The woods were thick, and some trees had fallen into the water creating new habitat for the trout. I wasn’t able to go as high as I normally do because the higher in elevation I got, the faster the water got so it was getting harder to wade in. The hummingbirds were out flying about, and there wasn’t a soul in sight, and the mosquitoes left me alone. Just a perfect day.
I was fishing a duo, #14 Delaware Adams followed by a #14 flying ant. This combination for me is a killer. I noticed that most fish went for the Adams, and I figured it was due to the water being fast and higher than normal this time of year, so when they saw the first fly they took it. As I was fishing, enjoying the duo set up I had on, I was wondering what duo combination do you guys like the best? That is, if you use a duo system, because some prefer a single fly, and I get that. In some fast pocket water I use a single fly, but that wasn’t the case today.
If I had to choose two flies to fish with for the rest of my life, it was the two I fished today. I may even take a Para Adams with an ant.July 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm #6456
You probably already know my answer. I’ve used two flies in the past, but just use one fly now. I find better control when just using one fly and of course it’s more fair, but that’s just for me. I’m hard on myself.
Like i’ve told you before Scotty. It’s not how many fish you catch, but how you do it.July 18, 2017 at 1:26 pm #6457
I know what you mean Creek. I could have stuck with one fly yesterday since they took the lead fly 90% of the time. I normally use one fly in fast pocket water because of all the criss crossing seams, because two flies get pulled and dragged all over, and that’s not going to work, but I don’t need to tell you that, I’m sure.
I like fishing two flies when the water will allow me to. Not only does it give me a better chance of catching which to me I am still a little skeptic, because if you can catch a fish using two flies, you ought to be able to do it with one. It may take another cast or two, but if the fish is there, and willing to take, it will. I also believe that as willing as the fish were yesterday, one fly would have been enough, but fishing with two flies also helps me focus on my casting, and that’s what the challenge for the day turned into. I did pretty good yesterday and got tangled only twice. So that’s the challenging part to me is the casting, and even though I try to keep it simple, I look for a challenge in my skill level and work on it. And I like a challenge from time to time. But I still say, for me, when I fish a tandem, the Adams & ant are hard to beat.
I know we are allowed three flies, but with me, nope, that aint gonna happen. I’m not a professional, and never will be if there truly is such a thing, but three flies on, I might as well stay home and tangle my tippet on my own while watching a ball game or something, then try to undo it. It may help me work on my patience if anything. That’s a challenge all by itself, ha ha.
But I knew your answer Creek, and I 100% understand where you’re coming from. But I am curious to know something else I thought of yesterday, and it’s your answer Creek that I am eager to read, but it’s another topic which I will post later today. Right now, my son wants to go fishing tomorrow with me, and he doesn’t do that with me very often, so we are off to get him a license. I wish he’d get into fishing more, but I won’t push him to do something he doesn’t want to do, so when he does want to fish with me, I’ll stop the planet from spinning to fish with my son.July 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm #6458
Fishing with a son would be pretty cool. The best I can do is fish with my dog. 😀July 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm #6459
I almost never fish a second dry fly – too many tangles. Once in a while when the fish are on something invisible I’ll use a easy to follow fly like a Wulff and drop the miniscule one a couple feet below it. But not often. Better to tie high visibility versions of the little bugs.
Great your son wants to go fishing, Scotty. Hope he doesn’t suffer from smartphone withdrawal 😉
Creek, if you have a good fish dog you’re lucky. My Lab sees water and it’s “everybody into the pool”July 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm #6460
I love dogs! Had a rottie years ago. Best darn dog I ever had once it got over it’s teething stage. Ate two sets of sofas it did. When my son was born everyone said to get rid of the dog because it could hurt my son. That was total garbage. That dog protected my son from one and all till the day she died. As soon as we brought our son home from the hospital, she was right there like she knew what it was. I miss that dog. It hurt so much to have her put down when she got old and couldn’t walk anymore, I’m not ready for another.
We were like the Lone Ranger & Silver.
But unlike a dog, I can tell my son to quit wading around so recklessly, ha ha. I couldn’t keep that dog out of the water scaring fish away.July 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm #6461
Well, if i’m in the water he’s in the water. So, I fish from the bank when he’s with me. Not much of a handicap on creeks.October 6, 2017 at 5:23 am #7205
That dog protected my son from one and all till the day she died. As soon as we brought our son home from the hospital, she was right there like she knew what it was. I miss that dog. It hurt so much to have her put down when she got old and couldn’t walk anymore, I’m not ready for another.
That’s sad to know, Scotty. Our little Marmalade (a Pomeranian) passed away a few months ago as well. Aside from being my kids’ protector, he was also a loyal companion to the whole family. He would come along to watch us fish, though as a safety measure; we fit him with a dog leash, as while he is allowed to run free at parks, our favorite places to fish typically require leashes to be worn. He will always be an unforgettable part of our gathering and family trips. Bless his soul and cuddly personality.October 6, 2017 at 7:18 am #7206
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