Posted By HQPTLP on 03 Feb 2009 09:19 PM
I recently went trout fishing in one of the streams here in Missouri. Guys all around me were catching many of trout (12-18 trout each). I caught 2 in about 7 hours of fishing using the same flies they were. I tried dead drifting a few flies as there was a hatch of caddis on this day. I even used an egg fly, got a few looks, but not even so much as a hit. I eventually put my fly rod away and switched to my spinning reel combo and caught a couple on maribou jigs. Any tips for a beginner as a sure way to catch a fish or two?
Welcome to a life long addiction! I don't think your problem is fly selection so much as technique. From your post, you said the fish would look but not take your offerings. Sometimes this is the fly pattern or size that just doesn't seem right to the fish, but since others were catching on the same fly, I think the problem was with your drift. If your leader is too stiff, your fly will be pulled in all sorts of directions that the natural food supply is not. You want the last foot or two of your leader to fall in nice gentle loops. If there is a straight line from your fly line to you fly, any current that pulls on you fly line will impart an unnatural movement to your fly and could have been what was turning off the strike. Try adding another piece of finer tippet. Also, keep your rod tip up, and as much of the fly line out of the water as you can (always start with short casts close to you)
Good Luck, I hope this helps.
As far as a sure way to catch fish? Try Dynamite and a net, not very sporting though.