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Red Shiner

by Mike Schelp

Red shiner

Red shiner

Fishing Shoal Creek in Kansas City north. I was using my Kiyotaki with about 8 feet size 2.5 line and 3-4 feet of 8X tippet and a brass wire bodied nymph. What I usually catch here are Chubs, Green Sunfish, Long Ear Sunfish and a few Bluegils. Today, though, I caught a Red Shiner. I was pretty surprised because I’ve seen them cruising and they always chase the fly but seldom actually bite. I tried to get another, but my technique is still at novice level. Hey, I’m getting a lot of practice, though! Have fun, watch for those hooks (I hear they’re sharp!) and keep your line tight and wet.

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Jul 17, 2018
Varying the Retrieve
by: John Evans

Great photo! For what it's worth, when the fish start "herding" my flies instead of striking, I sometimes find it helpful to vary the speed of the retrieve. I think they must see something unnatural in the way I'm presenting the fly--often I think my retrieve is too steady and/or fast. Sometimes a simple drift in the current, with a subtle twitch is enough to trigger a strike. Give it a try and see what you think.

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