Success with a dry line in the winter
First, this forum and it’s members are a wealth of information. If it weren’t for the numerous messages exchanged as well as the countless old threads that I’ve read through this fish would not have happened. I’ve been fishing a dry line since the 8th of December. Some days I would bring another rod with a sink tip setup but for the most part I wanted to fish with only a long mono leader. There have been days where it seemed like I was insane for trying it when everyone around was catching fish. I wanted to hook a Great Lakes fish without the use of a tip.
I had a small window of time this morning to get some fishing in before the weather turned and made driving difficult. While drinking coffee I quickly tied up a Picasse variant based off the recommendations of Mike. I’ve enjoyed the process of dressing a fly with only a long mono leader is to be used. I’ve tied countless patterns that were simply overdressed and wouldn’t swim the way I wanted. This pattern was tied very sparse and I threw in copper tinsel for a bit of flash.
When I was walking to the run that I usually fish I couldn’t help but notice there were no fresh tracks in the snow. It was very windy with freezing rain but I remained optimistic and hoped that my casting skills with a gaelforce 54 would be able to get my fly where it needed to be. Sure enough, my first pass through I was grabbed by this hen. My dry line fish had finally come to hand. Thanks to all for the information provided, this was by far the most rewarding fish that I’ve ever caught after seeing the looks of so many people that didn’t think it was possible. Now on to dry flies......