Tough Going but Not Impossible
Have not blogged in a while, Sorry, been very busy, traveling and fishing.
Anyhow, The day time fishing on the mountain lakes is tuff at the moment. This is nothing new for July here as it is well known locally that the warm days put the fish off and evening to midnight fishing to Sedges begins in earnest.
I do not participate anymore, but do miss it enormously, but due to my knee operation replacement, this lake is dangerous enough in daylight let alone in darkness, even though I know it very well indeed.
But day time dry fly is a challenge, and the missis and short takes of the trout can be overcome when puzzled out.
I was up twice last week, The Tuesday was warm and a very gentle breeze, a mix of insects hatching but nothing in great numbers to really turn the fish on.
But I noticed some sedges rowing about on the water and sat down to watch just how far they would get unmolested, Not very far is the answer to that one:))
But what I noticed was that the Trout missed more often than not their 1st attempt and the Sedge just re surfaced to get nailed the 2nd attempt.
I had been fishing various patterns prior to watching this and had been on the dry sedge for quite a time and rose sum 14 trout only to hook and net 2, that's where I said it was tough but not impossible.
Anyway, my next visit was the Thursday, heavy rain showers in morning and quite a breeze blowing.
I started with my sedge pattern, which was a size 16 Dry Cinnamon Sedge. Now between 10.00 am and 1.30pm I rose 11 trout and landed 2, not good odds by any means, So after dinner, Same fly, I rose 10 trout and netted 8, WOW! what happened you may ask?
I had experimented before with leaving the fly for a second or two after being missed by the trout but nothing, this time when missed I gave the drowned sedge two short gentle pulls, Bingo they took the fly, so great I've cracked that malarkey. But there is one other important point, the fish must miss its 1st attempt completely, if it touches the fly at all, they would not come again. So good tip if you come across this scenario.