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Dry Flies in Late November

by Morgan Lyle
(New York)

Another nice Sunday with the Ebisu, a level line, sunny weather with no wind and good hatches of various-sized midges. I caught a rainbow on a weighted, woven golden stonefly nymph in pocket water, but the rest of the afternoon was spent with rising browns in a flat pool. One seemed to be feeding sporadically just below the surface, so I swung a small Starling & Herl and eventually convinced it to bite. The rest were feeding steadily at the surface -- you'd have thought they were eating Hendricksons in early May. I couldn't reach them and couldn't move closer, so I broke my own rule and added six more feet of 6X tippet (I try never to fish longer than the rod, plus a foot or two.) Two more trout, on Grffith's Gnats!

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Dec 02, 2010
Nicely done!
by: TenkaraBum

That's two things I haven't done - added an extra six feet of tippet, and fished midges with the tenkara rods.

Now I'm going to have to try both.

Dec 03, 2010
Great Report!
by: Brandon

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. Seeing them makes me want to get up to Oak Creek and fish with snow on the banks.

Dec 04, 2010
Nice pics
by: pszy22


Nice job. I have been regularly fishing a 6 - 8' leader and find it works out great. I do sometimes go with a two step leader when fishing a longer length.

Dec 04, 2010
Stepped leaders
by: TenkaraBum

Even with my normal 4' leader/tippet, I will sometimes use a 2' section consisting of 0x, 2x and 4x fluorocarbon and then 2' of 5x or 6x tippet, particularly when fishing dry flies with the heavier level line. I do think it helps it to turn over

The light hand tied Hi-Vis fluorocarbon line is tapered down to 3x (all hi-vis fluoro) so it turns over beautifully, and may reduce the need for a longer stepped leader. Now that I think of it, I'm going to modify the medium and heavy hand tied lines to taper them down to 3x as well.

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