Trout on a Pink Salmon Fly

 Posted by on May 19, 2012 at 7:22 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
May 192012
 
Bead head pink salmon fly

Bead head pink salmon fly

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been doing some experimenting to test out my theory that the motion of a fly, rather than its color or pattern, matters most to fish. Previously, I successfully caught trout using a bright pink and white clouser minnow fly.

Trout eating a pink salmon fly

Trout eating a pink salmon fly

A few days ago, I tied up a size 8 bead head pink salmon fly that did well for me during the last pink salmon run in Washington. I trolled it using an intermediate line and caught several trout in short order!

I am getting more confident about my theory.

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Trout on a Clouser Minnow Fly

 Posted by on May 16, 2012 at 6:04 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
May 162012
 
Trout on a clouser minnow fly
Trout on a clouser minnow fly

Trout on a clouser minnow fly

I must confess that I have always been a little skeptical that the color and pattern of a fly matters a whole lot when fishing for trout. A few days ago I decided to do some experimenting while I was fishing for trout on a local lake. After successfully catching a bunch of fish using traditional trout flies like wooly buggers and leech patterns, I decided to use some of my bright flies traditionally used for salmon and salt water fish.

I tied up a size 6 pink and white deep clouser minnow and trolled it behind an intermediate line. Bingo! Despite the fact that no creatures in the lake look anything like a pink and white clouser minnow, the trout went for this gaudy fly pattern! This reinforces my belief that the most important characteristic of a fly is its motion in the water rather than its color or pattern. Do others think otherwise?

 

 

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