A New Species

by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

Here in SW Montana, the target of flyfishers is almost always some sort of salmonid species. Last week was my first time landing something else in a recently reclaimed creek near town. After landing some nice cutthroats, I saw fish rising all over this calm pool, and while they'd strike my sz16 comparadun, I couldn't get a hookup. It was only after switching to a sz22 dry that I got one to shore. I'm not exactly sure what it is: some cyprinid I think, maybe a shiner?

I noticed something interesting after switching to a flatwing streamer and casting it to the pool. The small baitfish apparently considered the fly to be sufficiently realistic, as they'd school around it like it was one of their own. It was cool to see a swarm of a dozen fish following a fly that was bigger than them. I'm wondering if it would be effective to tie a tiny dropper behind so that it sits in the center of the school. A new microfishing technique that involves a 4" fly? I'll be sure to give it a try when I have a chance.

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