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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-21-2018, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Low water fun ...

Moving into the fall runs and again plagued by low water in my neck of the woods ... but still having fun

Took my favorite dry line rod out again:



I started the morning off with my fishing variation of a Thunder & Lightning



Found a player right away, a feisty large buck
I nearly dropped my phone in the water I was shaking so much and never got a photo. I put away the phone and saved the moment for my memory bank instead.

As the morning progressed, the sun shined brighter and the water seemed to warm a bit more. Nothing else touched the T&L, so I switched over to a smaller and brighter offering.



A wet shot



The Freight Train is "go to" bright day fly for me. I like the way it glimmers in and out of the water ... another bright fish thought so too

As the day progressed, the sun went behind the trees and the bright flies stopped producing. I offered small and dark with no results, then went larger and felt a tap ... no connection. Immediately I thought of "comeback flies" I read about so often here, but never give a try. I switched over to a GB, pheasant wing, black body with a muddler head concoction bug. As the bug swung the same path, but this time in the surface film, I connected with another bright dancer. Almost had it to hand as the barbless hook unpinned ... rookie mistake. I would have liked to help it rest.

Here were the days low water offerings:



The Hairy Mary variation in the background got the "tap", the muddler headed bug in front of it sealed the deal.
Hopefully more fun coming this week with Celeste, I need a camera person


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Wow! You certainly have a way with feather and fur when sitting at the vise!

Low water autumn here on the Rogue too. I still fish those AS flies you tied for me to fish the Spey and Dee in Scotland in hopes of making a friend.

Nice looking bugs Mike!
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Thanks Bob
I haven't sat in front of a vise in a few years, I tie "in hand" my friend
One day when I gain some patience, I'll take some materials with me to tie a fly on the river bank ... then I'll fish it. I think that would be cool.

Glad you found some use for those flies I sent you
Hope they find you a player too !!


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Nice offerings as usual Mike!

At least your getting some attention. Have seen several fish caught but I've only had one tap myself. Broke the pointy bit off of one of your flies the other day. Was down a few feet rock hopping and after a few casts I pulled it up to check on things and no hook point. It will now be used for inspiration purposes.

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Yeah, bouncing stones will dull hooks in no time, even a Blue Heron hook gets dull. I take a file to them or bring them out to the garage and put them to my grinding wheel.

Dan, you fishing that low now ??
I'm taking advantage of the low water and fishing a full floater and mono leader
Reduced patterns on irons get down enough for me.


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Yeah, bouncing stones will dull hooks in no time, even a Blue Heron hook gets dull. I take a file to them or bring them out to the garage and put them to my grinding wheel.

Dan, you fishing that low now ??
I'm taking advantage of the low water and fishing a full floater and mono leader
Reduced patterns on irons get down enough for me.


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It didn't dull it broke about a 1/4in of the point.

The river here is up about a foot since our last big rains but some of the runs right now are only about 3ft deep. There are some deeper holes here and there though but your not going to float your hat anytime soon. I have been mixing it up. Both top and bottom and everything in between just hunting for them.

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1/4in might be a stretch.
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Wow, I've never had that happen to a Code Iron before ...


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I have seen this before but not by bouncing bottom rubble

I have seen this off the back-cast during SH fishing any chance you may have whacked a stone???
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Nice story and beautiful pics. Love the look of those patterns.
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Beautiful flies and photos.
Such a rewarding sport we pursue.
Thanks for sharing.
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I haven't sat in front of a vise in a few years, I tie "in hand" my friend
Dang! I knew that!
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I look forward to your posts. These patterns you tie are art!

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I have seen this before but not by bouncing bottom rubble

I have seen this off the back-cast during SH fishing any chance you may have whacked a stone???
I seen the same out east while on the Margaree. I was down at Lower Tomkins Pool on the bench and talking with the lads and exchanging flies. Started talking about the Mustad 36890 hooks and how they don't keep a point. One of the lads pulled out a couple flies with the points broken off, similar to what Dan posted. It was from flies hitting stones on the backcast I was told. I don't think any hook could withstand that for very long.
I don't think bouncing stones would do it completely, maybe getting stuck on a few would weaken the wire and eventually it would break ... ???

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Thanks for the kind comments my friends ... always nice to get a confidence boost

I had a few PM's about the rod, it is a Meiser 14' 6/7 MKS, the generation prior to the MKX. The reel seat is Spalted Maple dyed red with Black Nickle fittings. The lower grip is Oregon Broad Leaf Maple. The rod is very light in hand and has a large grain window. The rod prefers the operator to be relaxed and have a calm stroke with a high upper hand stop on the longer lines. Same relaxed stroke for shooting heads, but with dominant bottom hand english really gets the laser loops happening.
The lines of choice:

- Rio AFS 7/8 (460 grains @ 37.5ft)
- Vision Carrot (510 grains @ 38ft)
- Nextcast 6/7 FF45 (510 grains @ 42ft)
- SGS UK short belly (51ft @ 582 grains)


Here is the pattern for my Thunder & Lightning variation:

Hook: Bartleet (Blue Heron #3 shown)
Tip: X-Fine silver wire
Tag: Bright Yellow floss, counter ribbed with x-fine silver wire
Tail: GP crest and GP tippets
Butt: Black ostrich
Body: Black floss, or single strand black wool
Ribs: Small gold embossed tinsel followed by silver twist
Body hackle: Bright Orange
Wing: Few strands of peacock swords flanked by tan tipped turkey slips and short pin tail flank over
Collar: Guinea dyed blue
Cheeks: JC nails
Horns: Blue Macaw


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