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MikeRob
09-08-2009, 02:42 PM
The other day I was using a beetle fly and it even had some orange in it, but it was mostly black. And becasue of this I cannot focus on it if it is more than about four feet from me due to the color. Many times I will use a stirke indicator for this but I feel like I miss a lot of strikes this way. Was just wondering what you guys do and if you have any tips for seeing dark flies like this.

Carlito
09-08-2009, 03:05 PM
Mike, I have the same problem. My vision isn't great, and a lot of the flies that the fish like are impossible for me to see. What I do is fish a dry fly that I can see easily and then tie on the beetle/ant/whatever as a dropper. As long as you can see the bigger or brighter fly that you are fishing on top, you'll be looking in the right area to see a strike on your smaller, hard to see dropper.

rivergal
09-08-2009, 03:55 PM
I too have poor vision, and tend to choose flies for my benefit rather than the fish. I can see a parachute, and it doubles as my strike indicator.
As for fishing a dropper, I would just lose twice as many flies.

Waterborn
09-08-2009, 04:39 PM
I stopped fishing dark beetle for the same reasons, but now - when I rarely do tie some up and fish - I like a larger beetle pattern, that I can hide a built in indicator - a bit of colored idicator or foam on top under the wrap that seperates the head and thorax...you can get by with bright colors ( I have pink) and trim the profile down so that I cant see it looking up from the bottom and isn't sticking up like a huge wing...I use the pink cause that's what I've got at the moment and it something that will stick out enough for me to notice, but as the leaves start changing you may get away with orange, yellow, etc...

Jim Casada
09-08-2009, 04:42 PM
MikeRob--Rivergal has got the trick for you, at least in my experience. With beetles (and ant patterns) fish a tandem dry fly rig with the other fly being something you can see. It is hard to beat a Parachute Adams for all around "bugginess" along with ready visibility. It's my favorite dry fly. Just watch the dry fly and if anything untoward happens set the hook.
One other thought on beetle patterns. Some of them, especially if fashioned with cork, don't leave enough "bite" between the fly's body and the hook point. That can result in misses which really aren't your fault at all. Jim Casada

Rebelsoul
09-09-2009, 08:23 AM
I have a real hard time focusing on even a parachute adams,I just lose sight of it when it's in moving water and there's other stuff floating.
I fished creeks using crawdads on the bottom all my life and never used any kind of visual float or whatever....you just go by feel when the fish took the bait.
Now I'm guess that going by feel could be a bad habit,except when fishing nymphs.
the flies on top are still a new thing to me but not too much unlike using popping bugs for other fish like bluegill,and bream.

silvercreek
09-09-2009, 08:42 AM
MikeRob, everyone has trouble with this from time to time, especially when the light leaves the water and the stream turns to silver an black. Sometimes it helps to get as low as possible to see the fly. Other times you can position yourself to get the fly in a spot where the light enables you to see the fly. Other times you just have to calculate where your fly should be based on current flow and lift if there is any activity in the area where the floating fly should be.

Rog 1
09-09-2009, 08:44 AM
The short comings of getting a few more years under our belts...when I first started fishing the fly of choice in the mountains was a Ginger Quill dry fly...then I had to move on to a Royal Coachman just for the white wings...then to a Royal Wulff....now just about all I fish are any king of parachute, EHC or stimulator....something my eye can fix upon....the only thing that I have found that helps lately has been cataract surgery...the only benefit to growing old that I have found so far...can see the flies better but it is an ordeal trying to get them tied on

silvercreek
09-09-2009, 08:48 AM
Try the magnifiers that clip to your hat bill and flip down when you need them. Also, try some easier knots. The Davy knot is easy to tie and the Orvis knot is not too bad compared to the improved clinch. I've been practicing tying both lately.

Carlito
09-09-2009, 09:45 AM
The short comings of getting a few more years under our belts...when I first started fishing the fly of choice in the mountains was a Ginger Quill dry fly...then I had to move on to a Royal Coachman just for the white wings...then to a Royal Wulff....now just about all I fish are any king of parachute, EHC or stimulator....something my eye can fix upon....the only thing that I have found that helps lately has been cataract surgery...the only benefit to growing old that I have found so far...can see the flies better but it is an ordeal trying to get them tied on

Rog, do you know about the Ray Ball knot?

Rog 1
09-09-2009, 10:35 AM
Carlito...Ray Ball knot? Old dog but willing to learn new tricks.

silvercreek
09-09-2009, 10:40 AM
I tried looking up the ray ball knot on the web, but could find no reference to it. Got a link to it?

Jim Casada
09-09-2009, 10:49 AM
Rog 1--Are you familiar with the Trule knot? I think it is very easy to tie, with the only real problem being having to pay close attention to not catching any hackle as you cinch the knot down. It has two other advantages--it is slightly stronger (about two percent) than an improved clinch knit and the fly always lands on the water with the tippet directly in line with the shank of the hook. That is not the case with an improved clinch knot. Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Carlito
09-09-2009, 12:01 PM
Well, I did a search too and could not find it online. A friend showed me this knot, and he was taught by Ray Ball himself. You may have seen Ray fly fishing up in the Smokies on the Heartland Series.

Anyway, it is really simple and I can describe it here.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/3903499655_70031e5157_o.jpg
This is a SUPER EASY knot to tie, and I would be willing to bet that Daniel Drake could show you how to do it in person at LRO. I almost always use this knot unless I know I need a very strong knot for heavy tackle or big game fish. It can also be used to tie on a dropper and to tie on additional tippet!

rivergal
09-09-2009, 03:13 PM
Thanks Carlito, I copied and pasted your knot diagram. I have been using the 5 wrap figure 8 knot. I just wish the little hooks had bigger eyes.

BlueRaiderFan
09-09-2009, 03:18 PM
I think the Surgeons Loop is much easier and it gives the fly a nice natural drift if you mend correctly.

http://www.animatedknots.com/surgeonsloop/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

You have to put the fly on first, before you start the loop.

Rog 1
09-09-2009, 04:35 PM
Sivercreek...found a simple diagram for the Davy Knot...will give it a try in a couple of weeks....so much easier that the improved chinch....is this a great site or what!!!

Stonefly
09-09-2009, 04:54 PM
I fished with Davy a couple of years ago and was amazed watching him tie a fly on so fast. At the time I didn't know it was a knot of his own invention. I watched a couple of times, then asked what knot he was using. He just said something about "a simple little knot I use..." Later I learned the story.
Amazing that something so simple and easy can hold like it does.

Another one I like is the orvis knot. More steps than the Davy, but still pretty easy.

sb

Carlito
09-09-2009, 10:36 PM
Wow, I just found the Davy knot, and I am pumped about trying it out next time I hit the water! Thanks, SilverCreek!

Also, I am going to experiment some with the Turle knot with my dry flies. I hate it when the dropper ends up really close to the dry fly because the tippet gets all wonky, and I'm curious how noticeable the difference will be.

rivergal
09-10-2009, 08:37 AM
I estimate this Davy knot will save me about 2 hours per trip in tying time.
Now if I could just get my knees to go where I want to go!

silvercreek
09-10-2009, 09:01 AM
Thanks Carlito. I'm going to try the Ray Ball knot as well. Tying any knot at home in the recliner is much easier than tying even the simpliest knot with trout rising!

Carlito
09-10-2009, 09:44 AM
I think the Surgeons Loop is much easier and it gives the fly a nice natural drift if you mend correctly.

http://www.animatedknots.com/surgeonsloop/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

You have to put the fly on first, before you start the loop.

It had never occurred to me to use the surgeons loop for tying on a fly. Thanks, amigo.

BlueRaiderFan
09-10-2009, 09:48 AM
I wish I could say it was my idea, but someone showed it to me. It works great by allowing the fly to drift more naturally.

Carlito
09-10-2009, 01:36 PM
I wish I could say it was my idea, but someone showed it to me. It works great by allowing the fly to drift more naturally.

Seems to me it might be pretty strong too. Have you ever used it with spinning tackle (like fishing a Rapala or buzz bait)?