small tailwater flies

The flow has finally dropped on a local tailwater river. There are now many more targets for the dry-fly angler. Many of the softest feeders I spotted in the shallows were Cutthroats and the hybrid, Cutt-Bows. They were often much more demanding and discriminating than the other risers. It’s mainly small flies hatching, Pmd’s size 18, 16. Challenging at times…with the slower water many rise to duns.

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4 thoughts on “small tailwater flies

    • Jim: Yes quite a few bugs, slower flows and fish willing to rise. It took the whole month of July for releases from the dam to slow down. Hope you are getting out and fishing a bit. Thanks for dropping in.

  1. Bob, it’s interesting that the cutts were the more difficult fish. I’ve found them to be similarly challenging on our spring creek. Like the browns and rainbows, the cutthroats can be equally tough once they’ve been worked over by a multitude of skilled anglers. They’re not all dummies.

    • Les: Yes, I think angling pressure makes a difference and also bug density. My local tailwater has a good bug population and trout, no matter what kind, get “selective”. They see a lot of food go by and of course anglers but not the pressure that exists south of the border and certainly not what they see on your spring creek. I wrote the post and mentioned Cutts being challenging as probably like you I read when younger that Cutts are super easy (dummies). Of course I never fished them as a kid as I grew up in the east. I’ve found out that the tailwater cutts are tough. I even find how they eat a dry fly a little different as I seem to have to slow down my hook set slightly , go slower, that lets say a rainbow. Maybe these variables are all in my head and are due to heat stroke, dk. Anyway, thanks for dropping in. BTW, you caught a beautiful cutt in your latest post. And you had to hike a long way, up hill, to get it. Makes that fish even more special.

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