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    Default How would you fish these trout?

    Ok here's the scenario, I have trout jumping out of the water during feeding. No duns on the wAter a few stray caddis in the air. Went though my fly boxes and techniques, couldn't get one of these guys to bite. I'm figurin emergers. Tried swinging wets, dry dropper with caddis pupa, attractor patterns but they weren't interested. Looked like there were some tiny midges flying around.
    What would u try in this situation? I was out of patience and ideas. I know we all have been here before. How do u figure out what these fish are keying in on? What ever it was the fish were literally going air born after them
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    Shotgun? I have had that out here also, no luck also.
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    size 22 ostrich herl midge?
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    Sounds to me like trout chasing caddis. I'd try maybe a caddis pupae on a swing and/or with a Leisenring lift. Might also try a dry caddis, but skitter it across the surface of the water a little bit.

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    Can't help you a lot here, but, I can welcome you to FAOL and look forward to more posts from you. A hardy Welcome from Tennessee.
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    Try varying your presentation. Go to a finer tippet first and see if that improves the results. Try twitching a dry fly which often works in a caddis hatch or egg laying. Sometimes making a cast right to the place were a fish is rising with no drift will work especially if caddis are laying eggs. Still, sometimes you may find that the action has ended before you solve the puzzle.
    Last edited by rainbowchaser; 09-30-2013 at 05:03 AM.
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    I would probably try a soft hackle, let it sink, then rise it. After trying midge patterns, maybe midge pupae on a light wire hook, etc, try pulling a streamer through. They might strike the competition. After that, a big rock.

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    Unless you're in a place where you're limited to one fly, use two. The top one will be for bouncing on top of the water; an elk hair caddis might be a good choice, or some sort of wet. Use a bulk wet as the bottom fly. Put at least feet of tippet between the flies. Get above a rising fish, with just enough line out to reach it. When the fly reaches the fish, lift the rod tip and raise the top fly out of the water -- the bottom fly acts as an anchor allowing you to do this. "Bounce" the fly by lowering and raising the rod tip.

    I do this trick as a last resort in the situation you describe, and it almost always works.
    Bob

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    Jumping out of the water?=caddis.
    Just an EHK matching the size and color of the naturals. Walk the fly on the surface.
    I know the situation and this worked OK.
    Good luck.
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    What I've found works best in this situation is a trace of #32 griffith gnats, lightly dressed, on a 14x leader. Never quite let the flies touch the surface. Just as three gnats are fluttering down and about an inch off the water, pick them up and recast, once again letting them slowly settle down to but not touching the water. This is best accomplished with a 16-18' Tenkara rod with a Spiderweb leader. A killer set up in the situation you describe.

    And seriously, lots of good advice I'm taking to heart above, but I'd still try the streamer and hope they're not too focused to pass up a real meal deal.

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