sushiyummy & C&R
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sandy, Deschutes are nearby
Zoo Cougar and depth
I once heard from Kelly Galloup that the Zoo Cougar does not need to fish deep to entice big trout. He said that he fishes this fly 3-4" below the surface, even with a full Type V sinking line. He reasons that big trout are extremely territorial, and they will strike even when a fly is shallow.
I personally experienced that once on the AuSable river when out of nowhere, a 16" came out from the bottom of a pool to inspect my muddler minnow just 2" shallow. But I froze up. If fish had fingers, its middle one would be pointing at the sky to my fly.
For those adapting for steelhead, the flat mallard flank wing will give a great profile for a fish looking up. But it is also sink resistant.
But my impression looking at Classic Salmon and Steelhead flies is a SIDE profile is more sought after, and not top profile (via Flat Wings) that is sink resistant.
Perhaps this top profile is a new avenue, but one that requires additional help sinking (Yes, split shots not mentioned so far but some might prefers this as the additional help).
Oops, forgot one more thing. This fly was created with Strip- Retrieving the sinking line. The tapered Deer hair nose helps it dive, but not much since 1) there isn't enough taper to dive it strong enough to pull the entire system down (sinking line included) 2) the deer hair head is not packed but loose for creating an impression of bulk without floating much.
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Last edited by sushiyummy; 01-30-2008 at 11:06 AM.