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  • November 8, 2019 at 9:40 pm #6502

    Ron, why do you use a cone on your sparkle nymph and Bulldog caddis, instead of a bead?  Thx

    April 5, 2019 at 11:44 am #4115

    Thanks again Alex.  I’ve been using 5X tippet with 6X tags.  I had practiced my tuck casts and felt pretty good about it, but when I tried it with heavy flies/drop shot and tags I got a lot of tangles, so this also is a work in progress.  I lift on every hint of a strike, but I had no hook-ups at Pott’s even though I’m positive there were fish in the runs I was fishing.   I hope to get on the water next week and I’ll try putting the heavier fly on top, use 2.4 and 2.0 mm bead heads, and use # 18 or 20 nymphs.  I appreciate your being so generous with your knowledge.

    April 5, 2019 at 10:39 am #4111

    Alex, much thanks. Understanding now that the line straightens when the flies or drop shot hits the bottom is a big help. I was fishing Pott’s in 3-4‘ of water using a perdigon fly with 4 mm inverted bead as my bottom fly and a smaller perdigon fly as my top fly. I could feel the bottom fly dragging on the bottom. I reduced the weight of the bottom fly using a 3 mm inverted perdigon fly, trying to get my line to travel downstream at about half the surface speed, but got no love with either size Perdigon. So, I switched to a 0.6 g (AB) drop shot weight with a # 18 black midge pupa as my bottom fly and an # 18 black emerger as my top fly. I could feel the drop shot dragging continuously and snagging, so I switched to a .03 g drop shot. Still got no love. Normally, I fish three flies using an attractor (egg, worm, or girdle bug) as my top fly, but I eliminated it due to increased tangles. I’ll go back to using an attractor next time since two flies didn’t catch anything. One thing I learned is that you have to keep the tags for your flies to 6” or less or they wrap around the leader. This is a work in progress.