October 04, 2021
This was initially a sidebar within the “What Trout Eat” article titled “Junk Flies” from the 2021 Fly Fishing Made Straightforward particular publication of Fly Fisherman journal.
Earlier than you begin fishing, have a look within the bushes and the bushes alongside the stream. Take note of the bugs trapped in spider webs and in lamps and lights alongside the river. Flip over a couple of rocks within the river and see what sort of insect life is commonest. Scan the floor of the water for bugs and for rising trout. All of this provides you with clues about what the trout could be feeding on, and assist you to “match the hatch” if you tie on a fly.
All of us like to discover a hatch and to unravel the riddle of what trout are consuming, however that doesn’t at all times occur.
There’s an previous adage that “the most effective time to go fishing is at any time when you will have time.” That could be the center of winter, a bluebird summer season afternoon when nothing is hatching, an early morning earlier than hatches start, in excessive muddy water, or another time when the fish will not be keyed on aquatic bugs. That’s when it’s time to delve into your “junk field,” a secret arsenal of flies not tied to mimic aquatic bugs. These aren’t fairly Catskill-style dry flies or clever nymphs. These are designated hitters you utilize when nothing else appears to be working, and you actually wish to catch a fish. Remember that severe fly tiers gained’t respect these flies as a result of they’re simple to tie and never constructed from conventional materials like feathers and fur.
Worms. Bait fishermen use worms as a result of they work. It’s simple. Worms are sometimes washed into the river throughout thunderstorms. We’ve all seen parking heaps coated in worms, and it’s a wormy feeding frenzy when occasions like these wash worms right into a trout stream. Many fly fishers will not be conscious of it, however there are additionally aquatic worms that stay within the sand and gravel of some river bottoms. Trout eat worms all 12 months, so fly fishers shouldn’t be above utilizing a worm imitation to capitalize on this tendency. The Squirmy Wormy is tied with a silicone noodle that wiggles and undulates within the water identical to an actual annelid.
Mop fly. A chenille mop from the grocery retailer has a whole bunch and a whole bunch of tiny little microfiber fingers that decide up mud and filth out of your kitchen flooring. Chenille has been utilized by fly tiers for a lot of a long time, however there should have been an aha! second when somebody, someplace first tied a chunk of mop to a hook and made the primary mop fly. The microfiber chenille fingers from a mop take up water, making them comfortable and cell, and the mops are available in all kinds of colours. Vibrant inexperienced mop flies appear to be caddisfly larvae, inchworms, and caterpillars, whereas tan and off-white mop flies appear to be cranefly larvae or caterpillars. The key to mop flies is how they transfer within the water and the way they really feel in a trout’s mouth. Trout eat and shortly eject floating particles alongside the river backside on a regular basis—it’s how they discover meals. The mop fly appears like one thing trout want to analyze, and since it’s comfortable and juicy like an actual inchworm or caterpillar, I believe they have an inclination to maintain it of their mouths longer than another flies which might be extra shortly ejected.
Eggs. Trout eat the eggs of suckers and whitefish. Suckers eat trout eggs. Trout eat salmon eggs. Brown trout eat rainbow eggs. Rainbows eat brown trout eggs. It’s the lifestyle within the river, and your junk field ought to at all times have yarn egg flies of assorted sizes and colours. Even when there aren’t any eggs within the water—and haven’t been for weeks—trout keep in mind what eggs appear to be, or maybe it’s simply a part of their genetic code to eat small spherical dots of shade. Carry eggs which might be cheese, peach, and salmon coloured, and throw a couple of vivid chartreuse ones in there as properly.