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Tuersday 16th March, 2010

Kind of pushed for time this week due to daily guide trips and other matters l have to deal with so here goes' Well as predicted last week the caddis got to going good as the climate warmed up, this past Thursday saw to date a great hatch and the first rise of worth, yes you can be sure we nailed a bunch of those lovely fish, mixed bag of Browns, Bows and Cutts. From what was then a glorious 68f day we are back again to the low 40s, damp wet and cold and the caddis for now have quit, just a matter of time before we have increased temps and the spring caddis appear again.

Briefly l wanted to touch on a subject matter which l will get back with at a later point in time and it is this. By percentage do you catch more larger Browns fishing small flies or larger streamers ? Good question and one l am often asked. My answer is simply this, by comparison it is with smaller flies, now they may well be because l tend to fish them more so often that larger streamer types. Fact of the matter is they catch many big fish. My last weeks FP Woodcock did promote a number of personal emails from a number of loops readers, some wishing to obtain the tied flies, others related to when and why l would choose to fish these fly patterns. again l can only reiterate that the woodcock feather has as much intrinsic value as a brown partridge hackle,all be it they differ in many ways. Neither is there any other wing quill fiber that is same as the woodcock.

Personal l am very fond of soft hackles, by and large l consider them to be just about the best fly patterns to use when fishing are taking emergers, drowned and emerged duns and spinners, providing you choose the right fly and present it in the right manner, and as we all know often as not this is the difference between a shit day or one to remember, particularly if a tidy fish is caught. Often as not one fly can be more effective than fishing 2 /3/ 4 cast set ups. One method l deploy that has brought forth many great fish for me such as the one ( see pic ) is to fish a two fly rig, the tail fly will be a nymph of some sort, as a rule one of choice for the water being fished, this could be a hares ear, DW White tail midge, as a rule it will also carry a bead for weight which is essential to be able to control the animation of the top dropper fly which is often one of my fidget patterns (see pic ). Simply l coin this term because that is what they will do, fidget in and around the water surface imitating emerergers/ drowned duns of both mayfly, midge and small caddis species. These shown here are small sizes 16/18 /20, as a rule attached to 6x tippet tag droppers. As a rule these are the sizes of flies l choose to use. Now you may well argue that l could fish the soft hackle without a added fly below, well l can but l cannot animate it in the same way, maintain its level in the water or any other permutation of rise and fall in the water column, it is the added weight below that allows for that.

Granted this is one method to deploy, that is not to say l will not at times double up with 2 fidgets and fish high surface dead drift techniques, for that l will also do if that if the fish are primarily concerned only with taking the food source within the meniscus, here again if the right flies are chosen then this is the way to go.

Got to get guys.

Have a great week.

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