Next time that happens try using a clear bobber with a pheasant tail or hares ear fly. Bead head to get it down. Tie them a foot or two from the bobber and cast to the fish rising. Your luck might change!
Interesting - I was up there on the 14th fishing the lower campgrounds at Witchers Cove. No mayflies at all, just a bunch of ants. The weather was partly cloudy in the a.m. with a slight breeze. By noon overcast, strong outflow winds with spotty rain.
Or maybe you could fish a chironomid nymph behind the bubble. Just keep in contact with the bubble. Just enough retrieve to creep it in. You’ll feel the bite. These are some of my ties. But most ice cream cones will work. In a month the Callibeatis should be happening. Better choice for the pheasant tail at that time. In MHO...You know I fished many years with the fly and bubble! Awesome way to fish. Deadly in the wind... mostly because you can cast it ....lol.
Reply by: nparker Posted: May. 21, 8:09:17 AM Points: 929
Chironomids. A major source of fish food in nearly every lake and river. They look like a mosquito with no stinger. They are common in the early spring through June. Try to get the fly down to 1 foot off the bottom. I caught some nice trout Sunday on the adults on the surface. Use a Griffiths Gnat.