Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Northern California
I would take some unweighted soft hackles like the above mentioned PT and Hares Ear patterns. Also, try a couple weighted soft hackles like Mercer's Swing Caddis. Then have a handful of light streamers like some Sculpins, Buggers and maybe even some fry patterns. If you can turn them over on that rod, pick up 3 different densities of 10' Trout Poly/Versa leaders with 4-8lb tippet depending on the size and pattern. I typically will fish a floating or intermediate Poly when I have an unweighted pattern like the Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear or Fox's Poopah to keep the fly in or just under the film. I'll fish an Intermediate or fast sinking (3.9ips) poly when I'm swinging the weighted patterns like a Swing Caddis, Nitro Caddis or some other form of a weighted buggy soft hackle if the fish want a deeper/slower presentation. If fishing streamers like sculpins, buggers or small crayfish patterns, I'll use a fast sinking (3.9ips) or an Extra Super Fast Sinking (6.1ips) poly leader to keep the fly near the bottom. There's no need to buy every poly leader in the line up, I think there are 6 or 7 different densities. You can get away with the 3 I've listed and just quarter father upstream or down respectively to fill the gap in sink rates. That will pretty much allow you to fish the entire water column in just about any run you find. Hope that helps you out!