fishing a long time ago
Good morning Jim, and Merry Christmas to you and everyone on the board,
Jim, I was 10 years old when I began flyfishing and I was taught to use wet flies such as Grey Hackle Peacock, Brown Hackle Peacock, Black Gnats, and Yallerhammers. We used these flies individually or in tandem and they were tied with catgut leaders and shortly afterwards we began to use Eagle Claw tippet material. I used to see old timers using the 2-3 fly techniques but they had cane poles and just mainly lobbed their flies into the top part of a plunge pool with no more than 15 feet of line. They were very successful. I was just too young to understand how these flies were attached onto the line, but at about 13- 15 years of age I began fishing with a fellow named Bud Baxter and he taught me how to fish tandem rigged weighted nymphs. Apparently 2 flies had become the legal limit to use in the Park by then and that was the method that I fished for the next 35-40 years. I very rarely fished dry flies until about 15 years ago. Long, long ago I realized that weighted nymphs would produce larger fish and I just stuck with it. About 11-12 years ago I began experimenting with an old mountain Nymph called the Smoky Mountain Blackbird and I turned it into a wet emerger pattern. It paired well with a nymph tied in above it and has been my best selection that I have ever used in the Park. I rarely ever use 3 flies in the mountain streams outside of the Park, but I do use this setup quite frequently on tailwaters. It brings back lots of memories of times gone by.