Friday, March 11, 2016

Mice, Frogs, and Streamers


Stocked trout are notoriously easy to catch early on. When I fish for them, I like to go to great lengths to make sure I can catch big ones, and I like to fish for them with monster flies. For me there is really no point in fishing for them with nymphs or small streamers like most people. I'd rather use technique that are not viable for the wild trout in the area. That is why I fish the Salmon River using mice, frogs, and giant streamers. It gives me an opportunity to catch big fish and to see amazing predatory behavior. That's why I chucked the meat for five hour straight yesterday, until well after dark.

As you can see, it doesn't always work. This dinker had to eat the Mongrel Meat and there was no stopping him.
Strip, strip, strip, bam!
 I had a hard time getting fish to take a mouse well enough to get hooked so I changes to a pattern I use to imitate frogs. It worked pretty well for brook trout! There is nothing like seeing trout act like sharks when presented with a big ugly fly.




I did manage to get a trout slam, too. It was quite an excellent night.


Just after twilight I went to a pool that I knew was harboring a few huge browns and rainbows. I tied on a big mouse and began swinging it across the current. I was starting to get a bit frustrated with the lack of takes when I changed up. I threw a cast up and across and slapped the mouse down a few feet from the bank. Three strips in there was a gigantic explosion and I watched a monster rainbow throw the fly a few feet in the air. I couldn't help but laugh. I don't mind missing a shot at a big stocker that much and it was just awesome to see one go bat crap crazy for a mouse.

6 comments:

  1. I loved that trip! Big bait and big trout, WOW. That pattern makes sense. I will try the bigger ties! Great looking trout.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. What pattern are you referring to?

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  2. Love fishing trout on big ugly flies! It can be so hard to get wild brookies to take a frog pattern, but they're often game for a smaller mouse pattern after dark.

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    1. I'm told there are some big brookies in the Beaverkill that will feed at night, I'll have to try to get them on mice.

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  3. Looks like it is wooly bugger time for me next time out. I like your strategy for this time of year. Well done catching some nice ones, RM.

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    1. Thanks,
      Buggers will certainly do the trick.

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