INSTRUCTION HOWARD’S WAY
Thanks to my pre-tied leaders I had my first cast in the water before Scott had finished getting set up.
the very far end of the bay. There it is quite shallow with a stream feeding into the lake, and with slightly warmer water coming in it’s a fishholding hotspot.
Scott went straight for the kill and set up with a clear intermediate fly line and a brace of Flexi-Floss Worms in hot pink and amber. I, however, took the moral high ground, opting for a full floater and a trio of sparse nymphs. Thanks to my pretied leaders, that I carry wrapped around cut-down pipe lagging, I had my first cast in the water before Scott had finished getting set up.
Right on cue, just after I’d tightened up to the flies, the tip of the floating line dipped under the surface, I lifted the rod and a well-hooked rainbow went somersaulting across the bay.
My confidence lifted, and with Scott not even ready yet I thought that maybe the nymphs would be the winning ticket after all?
Soon, though, Scott had tackled up and settled himself in a position that allowed him to cast into both the shallow bay and the deeper water of the main lake – a cunning move to hedge his bets and increase his options.
I continued to work my cast of an Epoxy Buzzer and Bloodworms gently through the cool depths, trying to hold the flies as long as possible over the deeper water that runs down the centre all the way along the length of the bay, a sure place for the trout to be holding.
A dozen fishless casts later, however, and I was worried.
Scott had hit five trout in a row on the Flexi Worm in the same general area as I had been fishing! Unable to bear such a hammering I switched over to the intermediate and replaced my point fly for a small olive Damsel; not that damsels were on the menu but more in the hope that the olive marabou tail would entice a few more fish – it still
Hanging Your Flies From The Bank
With around 20 feet of fly line still to be retrieved, start to lift the rod tip.
TOTAL FLYFISHER 50
As the rod tip starts to rise, pause for about 10 seconds; if you get no response, then commence a slow figure-of-eight retrieve, raising the rod higher all the time.