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: 1st trout on a dry

11-06-2002, 04:05 PM
I got my first trout on a dry the other day. A few brookies in a local pond. I'd like to try stream fishing someday but the trout ponds are right down the street and after all those Summer SW trips I better keep my trout trips short. I was using a Griffith's gnat and they were eating it up. I missed a few hits but considered it a success. I've gotten trout on streamers in a small river, also very fun, but seeing them take the dry was really cool. One thing I had problems with is getting the leader to straighten out, seemed like the butt section 1/2 of the leader unrolled ok but I'm having trouble getting the tippet to turn over. #16 fly with a 5x 9' tapered leader. Anyone have any leader suggestions?

11-06-2002, 07:13 PM
sorry don'thave any tips on leaders. i have the same problem once and a while. i make my own with a leader making kit from orvis that i bought.
you should try dry fly fishing a lot mare ithink it is the best way to fish for trout. :)

11-06-2002, 07:25 PM
While I in no way a great caster I will offer my opinion. You being a salt water guy those heavy flies will usually turn themselves over but with dry flies it is a different story. Sounds like your leader is sufficent. What wt rod you using?

A thing I have learned to concentrate on is on that final forward cast to snap your wrist a tad and "turn over" the rod. Almost like pointing with your thumb at the target. For me at least this seems to help tighten up my loop and really turn over the fly.

Hope that makes sense and I am sure some of our expert casters on the list will be a more help.


11-07-2002, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the replies.
Sean, you're probably right. In the salt it's mostly distance. I can probably get closer to the rising trout and make a better quality cast rather than trying to power it. I'm using a moderate fast action 5wt. Maybe a slower rod will help me get a better feel for things? Most likely I just need to practice, practice, practice and that isn't so bad.

11-12-2002, 12:49 PM

Welcome to the club:hehe:

Sounds like you have the right leader for the fly.

If you are using a tapered leader, keep in mind that the tippet is already built in to the first 18-24". If you add to this you are probably losing the power transfer from the butt section. Wait till you go through a few flies before adding more.

You will also find that knotted leaders turn over better than tapered ones. Build you own and become a blood-knot ninja.

Otherwise - try to work on giving the leader time to straighten out before hitting the water. You can work on this by really focusing on the "stop" on your forward cast and aiming the fly a foot or 2 above where you want it to land. Ideally, the whole deal will unfurl about a foot above the water and land softly before your quarry. If you stick with it you'll get the timing down quick.

Good luck,


11-12-2002, 03:19 PM
Good stuff Dave. Thanks. A blood knot Ninja I like it.:D

11-12-2002, 06:44 PM
thats is what i do. i bought a kit from orvis it is a little expensive but after you tie a few leaders you have already gotten your money worth. the leaders are strong if you tie the blood knot right.