Going Small

What I normally fish and what I had to fish today

What I normally fish and what I had to fish today

Today I took a friend out to a spot that a few weeks ago had quite a few trout and quite a bit more water than it did today.   We hit a couple of runs and had a few fish on but for the most part I was seeing fish flashing at my kebari but not really taking it.   I decided to switch to the smallest thing I had in my box, a #16 Takayama Sakasa Kebari that I bought when I originally got my tenkara gear but never used since my usual #12 and #14 kebari always caught fish.

Almost instantly I had a fish actually grab the small fly though it came off on a jump.  We moved up to the next run and I was catching fish pretty quickly with the tiny fly.   My friend had been getting some tugs on a #14 but not hooking up and switched to the #16 and hooked up.

Looking at the situation everything pointed to the small fly.  The water was lower than normal, the fish seemed a bit smaller than the ones I was getting in the same area a few weeks ago (one fish I landed may have been the smallest trout I’ve ever landed on a fly) and there were a hatch of small midges going on and fish were rising to them.

After getting home I tied up another half dozen of the small flies so I’m ready next time.   This was the first time I’ve had to veer away from the two flies I’ve been fishing all season long and stick on something different in order to catch fish.   I guess my two flies have increased to three flies, still not bad compared to the dozens of patterns I had in my Western fly box.

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