I have been diligently trying to raise adult fish to the skated fly on the American for the last 5 seasons, and Iíve noted my lack of success on past posts. Unless there are caddis coming off, they just donít seem to look up the way Klamath, Trinity and other fish do. I started because I had something blow up on a Spey pattern the moment it hit the surface in Dec 2014, and I have had exactly one (1) come up since. Fall and spring bluebacks respond well to dry lined soft hackles, as have some winter adult fish, and Iíve picked up down river adults on skated caddis during the aforementioned caddis hatches. But as far as skating up adult fish in likely looking water, it just hasnít happened for me. Iím still trying, but losing enthusiasm with each attempt. Iím also a Browns fan, so itís a feeling Iím familiar with.
"Only the mediocre are always at their best" - Andy Capp