Santiam and Mckenzie Hatchery fish
I am having the same frustration with hatchery fish.
I spent last night fishing over a lot of fish in the South Santiam. I couldn't move a thing. Every little bit I could see and hear the gear guys hooting about having fish on. The only fly fisher I saw with a fish was using a dumbel eyed egg pattern.
It sometimes seems like I am the only one on the river fishing a traditional swing and I hardly ever see anyone doing so with a dry line.
I do best with an egg sucking leach on my dry line, but I am trying to use it less, as it feels like cheating. The one thing I do like about using the weighted fly, is that when I want to go back to a traditional wet, is a very quick change.