Is there any one else out there that trolls with flies?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by trollingfly, Jul 29, 2002.

  1. fly lady
    My family is into trolling in a big way and they usually use metal lures and other things to troll with, but I like flies and tying fishing flies and we have friendly contests to see which of us catch the most fish, my flies or their lures. They hate to admit it but my flies are just as good as their lures and sometimes better. Is there anyone else out there who trolls with flies and what are your best patterns?
     
  2. Well yeah. Trolling small leech patterns, real slowly, can be an extremely effective manner.

    chris
     
  3. I troll flies from my belly boat. I think everyone who fishes here trolls. Unless they insist on dry fly fishing with bamboo rods and old Hardy reels. Are you talking about trolling with pop gear? That works too. Olive Cary, Six Pack, Wolly Bugger, P.T. Nymph. Pick any of these in olive and you can't lose. Oh yeah, don't forget the hare's ear. We can't forget the hare's ear! Anybody got a hare's ear? I keep em clipped to my keychain for good luck.
     
  4. I will bucktail a yellow and white coho fly for salmon when on the sound. I learned this from my father before I ever used a flyrod. I used to use a salmon rod to do this I now use a flyrod so I can feel every head shake. My father would not allow hearing on the boat so Coho flies or plastic squid were all we used. On lakes I often troll a wooly bugger, emerger pattern, hares ear or other pattern behind my kayak. By changing my speed and direction often, I will catch fish most of the time this way. Most of the hits are during either a change in speed or direction. Since sitting in my kayak it is hard to make cast after cast. I troll most of the time only casting when I want to really work an area of the lake such as the shore line or lily pads or when using dry flies or when poping for bass. To me fly fishing is feeling the fishes every move through the rod without anything getting in the way such as weights, even lures have to much weight to feel the fish fully, and fooling the fish with a hook with fur and feathers all worked by hand. While I enjoy casting a fly with a fly rod, it is just to tiring for me to do when sitting low to the water. On rivers and streams its another matter. I can enjoy hours upon hours just casting the flyline without getting tired at all. I feel each of us must make their own choices on what fly fishing is and were we draw the line. The most important thing is to enjoy the water you are fishing and enjoy all the wild life around you from the fish you catch and hopefully release most of, to the birds and insects and larger wildlife you are surrounded by while fishing. Before I started fly fishing I never noticed the insect life all around me, now I can respect the full circle of life. To me this is what flyfishing is about. :HAPPY
     
  5. just remember, throw 'em back

    HIKEPAT--

    When you "bucktail" flies for silvers, how far do you run your fly behind the boat? Also, do you use a floating line or a sinking line? I have never tried this technique but I cetainly will once the silvers arrive in force....any info would be great!
     
  6. Arrive in force? where have you been, under a rock? My buddy went out sat and Sun and the three guys on the boat all limited before 9 a.m. Troll a fly about 100 ft back with a somewhat faster pace.
     
  7. How far back back doesn't seem to matter. We've caught many silvers in the propwash, as in a few feet behind the boat. Floating line usually for trolling. Read the Neah Bay article on Dennis Dicksons website. Plenty of good info there. He also talks about trolling a fly in the propwash. Silvers seem to be attracted to it.
     
  8. just remember, throw 'em back

    if under a rock means Everett washington and also means possesion bar area, than I geuss I live under a rock....

    thanks for the info DEREK i'll be sure to check it out
     
  9. i like carey specials in black with thin silver tinsel, peacock herl, size 8-10 2x or 3x. troll slow.
     

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