Post By: VINNIE Posted: 7/12/2012 3:05:58 PM Points: 515
But the callibaetis hatch was'nt there today. The callies are usually there all summer and reliable--dunno.. H20 was down another foot and the caddis were everywhere. These motorboats were driven the bows crazy as several came all the way out for the big meal. Adult damsels were so-so and we took a few but the caddis ruled.
Brought 17 to the net and missed that many from 17-20 3/4" all on drys and released.. Blue bird day with gentle winds.
Thanks for the report, Vinnie. Am still on the learning curve with Spinney and other similar venues didn't know there was a caddis bite there. What sizes, might I ask? And do you drop an emerger or anything similar with the dries?
I like the EH Caddis sparkle tail #14 or 16. Did'nt try the emerger but sure it would work. Keep it small as not to sink the caddis. I fish tandem 2 flys using what they're used to seein-- adult damsel, callibaetis, caddis. Sometimes early there are midges on the water. Then trail a #16-18 mosquito. Good luck
Reply by: setzdahook Posted: 7/13/2012 1:08:12 AM Points: 12
Use a size 10 or 8 caddis imitation.This is not the little tailwater you always fish. This is the Traveling Sedge and you had better respect them. Drop a calli or damsel 3 1/2 feet behind it. Retrieve it vigorously. Are you writing this down vigorously? The advice does not work unless you are vigorous about it.
Vinnie, setz is right. I used a #8 1270 hook. For the sedge. I did petty well usring it.. As far as foam bodys. try useing clear gorilla gule mixed with a little water. It swells about 3x its size into a foam. Its really helped keep my caddis version up top. Find it at home depot about $4 bucks. I saw a video about it. I think I just typed "foam body flies". Hard to control the glue but worth it to learn. Have any of you guys tried this?
I2fly- I have never heard of that, but I want to try it. It sounds like a mad scientist experiment- It's Alive, Alive! I tie all my own flies, mostly for this lake since it is the only place I ever fish. I'll look it up. Two years ago I spent three weeks creating a sedge pupa that worked. I had to keep going up until I finally got it right on a 3x # 8. The best part of it all is creating a fly of your own that consistantly works! There is a good video by Skip Morris out on tying foam flies as well.
By the way, the last three days have brought much smaller hatches of all the different types of insects. Water temps are getting close to 70, which might be a factor in the numbers of insects. The water is dropping, which is a shame. Some of our best spots for late summer/fall may be high and dry at this rate. Stop watering your lawns out in Aurora.
Fished Spinney yest and today and the topwater bite stays hot. Fishin in 3-4 fow the bows were bustin big bugs. I was usin a #10 lead fly and trailed with a #14-16.
The only hatch was the caddis but they were eatin about anything--brown grizzly hackle, adult damsel, eh caddis, royal coachman, march brown. Meet a friend on the flats today and we each landed 15-20 to 21", Did'nt take pics for warm conditions and a quick release.. No pelican problems..--Vin
Fishack--When I'm lookin for topwater action i look shallow. Any the bays on the south , west and north shore will produce if the bugs are present. 2-4 fow water is best with weed pockets. 8 lb tippet works but sometimes the weeds will get ya. must keep the pressure on and the head up. good luck...