by Fly Fisherman

You will once in a while strike some place where your wet fly won’t sink fast enough to reach a place where a good trout should be. In that case use a split shot on your leader. Never use a sinker unless your fly just won’t go down in fast water quick enough. Usually in such conditions worms will do better than your fly and sinker. A flat nymph, tied over a weighted body, and cast upstream on a well-oiled line, will sometimes solve this problem. Let the nymph drag over the rocks. You will lose some nymphs—but you’ll get some big trout.

Bucktail flies and streamer flies are a very useful variation of the regular wet fly. Both bucktails and streamers should be fished by the action method, as the hair in the bucktail and the long feather construction in the streamer fly make these patterns “come alive” in the water when worked backward and forward in the current.
Bucktails and big streamers are chiefly used to take large trout. That doesn’t mean you’ll get a big trout every time you put on a bucktail. You have to do some real “thinking like a fish” to hook and land these big ones. In the first place, big trout are usually minnow feeders and therefore eat less often because it takes longer to digest a meal of minnows than one of aquatic insects. Then, too, big trout are mostly night feeders. In the daytime you’ll probably find them not in regular feeding positions in the stream—the riffles and shallow water—but in their resting and hiding positions. Trout of this size have to keep out of sight of fish hawks, mink and other large predators. These resting and hiding positions are usually in deep water under logs, dams or falls. Deep pockets well under overhanging banks and the bottoms of deep heavy-current runs, where there is a little quiet water behind a ledge or rock, are likely places for the big fellows.

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