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Autumn Fishing Tactics September 02 2014, 1 Comment

As the seasons start to slide by and we head into Autumn, the trout start to change their feeding behaviour.  With winter looming, it's a race to pack on as much fat as possible.  It's at this exciting time of the year that trout can become less picky, and can often be taken in shallow water.

 

Often the ticket to success here is having a near enough is good enough type pattern.  Enter the woolly bugger.  Arguably the most famous pattern of all time, and for good reason.

 

Here we tie our version of the pattern, specially for fall fishing.  While not representing anything in particular, in the colours we've chosen, it could represent any of the following:

- Baitfish

- Leech

- Crayfish/shrimp

- Scud

- Damsel

- Dragon

- Chironomid Larva

- Boatman

 

So tie a few up, either weighted or un-weighted, and fish them around the weed beds on your favourite lake.  A floating line should suffice, and make sure to vary the retrieve until you figure out what works.

 

As always, we love to hear any feedback you may have on using flies or tips we post.  Please share your success (or failure) stories either at info@twiggnbarry.com or on our Facebook page.


Thoughts on a killer patter February 21 2014, 0 Comments

Anyone ever fished in a lake full of scuds and the trout are keyed in on them?  I have, and it can be tough to stand out from the millions swimming about in the water.  With that in mind, here's a pattern I've come up with to accomplish three things:

- Create a largely imitative pattern

- Stand out from the naturals

- Provide numerous feeding triggers

 

Most prominently, we've got an orange glass bead to indicate an egg sack, something that trout often choose over scuds without eggs. We've included rubber "legs" at the front and back of the fly for extra movement and because I have a thing for rubber legs...  The dubbing is a blend of three of the most common colours we see scuds in locally (choose your own as appropriate) and some added UV ice dubbing for extra visibility.  Note that scuds will adapt their colour to that of their environment.  An exact match makes it much harder for the trout to find your pattern, so don't drive yourself crazy with colour - near enough is good enough.  

The final two points are a pearl strip for a little flash, and a strip of orange stretch floss running the length of the body.  This extra orange strip probably isn't necessary, but probably doesn't hurt either.  Scuds often carry parasites that cause the digestive track to appear orange. This gives the scud away to the trout (the parasite's definitive host), and in turn the trout look for this orange when searching out scuds. Here's the "final" product.

 

We haven't had the chance to take this for a test drive, but we're already looking forward to lake season!  We'd love to hear your thoughts on this pattern, or if you have any questions on how to make it yourself.  If so, please leave a comment, visit us at Facebook or email us at info@twiggnbarry.com.