To all my fly anglers out there- had a really great afternoon getting in some more high mountain stream fishing before it gets too cold. As it goes of course with dry dropper and these smaller fish, I probably missed just as many fish as I got into the net. But that's ok, I had pretty consistent action all afternoon which is always fun.
But probably 2-3 fish I ended up foul hooking with the dropper. The very last fish I caught as a matter of fact, I foul hooked him on one of his pectoral fins, poor guy. So instead of trying to rip out the small fly and slicing his fin, I went ahead and just cut the line. The brookie mentioned is pictured, color seemed darker than the other ones I caught.
Coupe questions here-
1- Are my reflexes just still not used to getting a quick hookset with these small creek fish? I don't think line sag was the issue, because with the majority of these casts, I only had my leader out of the rod- it was such tight quarters I almost wasn't able to have my fly ilne out at all.
2- Do I need to just not have a dropper in these instances, or strictly have the dropper be barbless? While I did get several hits on my dropper, the vast majority of the hits I had were on my dry.
3- Why was this brookie much darker? Was this due to just less sunlight in the pool where he was? That section was very shaded..... wasn't sure if there was another explanation...