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Old 09-25-2008, 07:05 AM
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By Chip Chipman

When Harvey- my fly fishing mentor when I was a kid- and I arrived at one of our favorite streams I got excited right away. The rings on the water indicated that trout were rising to flies on the surface. I hurriedly tied on a Sulphur Dun.

I figured I was just going to slay the trout. I figured wrong. After several cast failed to get a rise to my fly, I changed it to a Royal Coachman. That ought to do it I though. The Coachman was no better than the Sulphur.

I was getting frustrated, rings were all over the stream, and yet my offerings were being totally ignored. I really became incensed when I saw Harvey upstream fifty yards or so catching one fish after another.

I yelled to Harvey, “Whatcha got on?”

“A nymph,” he replied.

A nymph! That doesn’t make any sense with all these fish rising. He’s pulling my leg. I tied on a different dry fly to no avail. I took in my line and walked up to where Harvey was still catching fish.

“Well, did you get tired of catching fish?” Harvey asked, knowing full well I hadn’t had as much as a strike.

“I just don’t understand what’s going on. Trout are rising all over the place and I can’t get a single hit.”

“Did you try a nymph?” asked Harvey.

“Why would I do that when trout are rising to dries all over the place?

“Because they ain’t rising to dries, that’s why.”

Now I’m thinking that Harvey’s eyesight is failing along with his diminished hearing. It must be tough getting old I though.

“Can’t you see all those rings on the water, Harvey? I asked.

“Yes, I can. Can you see the bubbles within the ring?”

I looked at a few rises and didn’t see any bubbles. Now I am worried that my eyesight is not what I though it was.

“No,” I said.

“Neither do I. When a trout takes a fly from the surface in quite water like this, it takes in air with the insect and the air is expelled through the gills causing bubbles. The absence of bubbles indicated that fish are taking insects below the surface. The rings you see are caused by the fish making a quick u-turn near the surface. Sometimes fish will come clear out of water when chasing an emerging insect. So, if you don’t see the bubbles you might want to put on something that will sink a bit.”

I did just that.
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:39 PM
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I'v seen it........
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:04 PM
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That's news to me.
Thanks, Joe D
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:34 PM
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I've heard that before when i was a kid. I pay close attention when i see rises now. it works.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:38 PM
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Excellent post! Thanks for sharing.
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
---Ernest Hemingway
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:39 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I'll keep it in mind next time I'm out.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:21 AM
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Nice, learning something while being entertained - deosn't get much better than that.
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