Sunday, January 9, 2011
This past season, we had a good hopper season (late) on the Missouri River. I was very impressed with one fly in particular that has a very realistic "profile", it seemed to out fish all the other hopper patterns. That was the Rainey's foam hopper, the only controversy was color selection. I started using the fly later in the season, with steady success, much more than any other hopper pattern. I used the tan and the pink , both worked. I did not try the yellow, but, I'm sure it would be good as well. To me it had to do with the profile of the fly , rather than the color selection. But , there were plenty of guides who swore that the pink worked best, and when something works, it works, no need to over think something that brings success.
As fishermen, we try to think how a trout might see our inventions, we try to see through a trout eye. Not an easy task, many flies that look good in our hand, just plain do not work as well as we think they might. And , many other flies that look like a "small mess ", sometimes are just what the trout are feeding on that particular day. For even those flys that look like a mess, they are projecting a certain profile that the trout accepts as food. The profile of the fly is what triggers the trout to move on an artificial, and, eat something man made, even with a hook protruding from our creations we call Flys.
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