Falling Springs

Tip of the week 

Trout are quite spooky which is normal. This year the trout are even more on edge. This is because the stream is flowing clearer than past years. I have been nymphing even deep pools w/o indicators. Dry/droppers are working very well. Hitting the trico hatch is a great way to get onto active trout. Searching with terrestrials is a good bet after the trico hatch..

4X is what I normally nymph with, but lighter tippets are sometimes needed. Most dry flies can be tied off 6X but the tipping point to 7X is around size 20. Dress appropriate-no bright clothes and you are set. These few tips and many more patterns, hatches and techniques can be found in my book, "Spring Creek Strategies" bought at any Orvis store or off my web site.

Fishing Report on Falling Spring: 10/25/14
My buddy Josh had to postpone his trip. I believe he would have rather been fishing the moving furniture. But it worked out for Todd who called a day later. We were on the clear and cool water from just before 8am to around 12:30. It became a bit windy by 9:30, Todd was interested in two things. See some different tecniques, see the stream and where to fish. We started with nymphs and had two takes. After that we fished dries and moved around so he could see the stream. It was the most rising trout I have seen in a long time. Todd may not have gotten any to hand, but we had at least six hook-ups. We had to do some long downstream drifts and a stiffer rod would have worked a little better when it came time to set the hook. Still we had them on and Todd was very pleased. He kept fishing and had seven more takes and landed two. THX for the e-mail.

Seven-day forecast 

Warm until mid-week then looks cold and a possibility of snow. www.weather.com

Must Have Flies 
Blue Wing Olive Parachute 20-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Griffith's Gnat 24-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Flash Beetle 14-20 Buy from Orvis.com
Gold Bead Hare's Ear Nymph 14-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph 14-20 Buy from Orvis.com
Humphreys Cress Bug olive 10-6 Buy from Orvis.com
Mike Heck/ Endorsed Guide

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