The waters we call creeks in my area are lowering and very clear. This is the challenging time of year for me because I like to use ants, and my ants get camouflaged by the bottom of the stream and I have no idea really where they are on the water. So, I’m fishing blind and even though I find it more challenging, it drives me nuts because sometimes I don’t see the rise, especially in clear riffled water. What sometimes looks like a rise isn’t, and then I set the hook realizing that my fly wasn’t even in the area I thought it was.
I know what you’re all thinking, “put a post on it dummy!” Yeah, yeah, I know, and that would solve everything. And it would.
For you who use very small flies, like #24 and smaller, even with a post how do you see them? I read a post where someone was using size 34 flies. I don’t think I have ever seen anything smaller than a 26. And even using a post on something that small, I still don’t think I’d be able to see it in our freestone streams except maybe in a very slow moving section of water, and I’m not even betting on that.
How do you guys do it? What’s the secret in using very small dries and knowing where they are on the water? I would think even in a slow section with a bubble line would hide the fly even if it had a white post. But now it just hit me, use a red or pink post. That would help with that. But what if you don’t have a post on the fly?
How small do you go creek. Around 16?
I generally go 18, but on rare ocassions I might go 20. I don’t fish the still waters very much. I like the moving water and using a larger fly works well. But where I am at, and the waters I fish I have to really adapt to this time of year on the creeks I fish. My bigger flies are being rejected, and the flow is not what it was a few weeks ago.
This is something I struggle with, and because the water level is lower, sometimes two flies don’t work because the first fly enters into a braided seam and drags the other behind. So I like using 1 fly in the Fall.
I do have some 18’s, but only use them on quiet waters like beaver ponds. Normally, i’m in the #14-#16 sizes. A #12 for really fast water. It doesn’t matter to me what the fish want. I’ll try and change their mind if I can’t see what they want. 😀