Sometimes on high sun I feel that the fish do not linger much at the surface. They get more skittish and anything that does not seem right might not be worth the risk. Predation…and potentially your presence.
When I fished with Peder I noted that I do things that seem like unnatural motions on a fly and get a response. He told me to look at footage of insects swimming around.
so I dug these up.
Motion an pause…
These bugs can move in ways that are closer to fish than what I would have guessed. Sort of explains why swinging flies can work so well.
One of my buddies does a swing and hold just barely sub surface. He destroys me with his technique. I have had the most luck with a swing and skate.
Trout can be irritated to strike…if you can find the right button to push. It seems like it is different every outing.
Weightless or lightly weighed flies can be much more versatile than beads. Beads get down…but they also can sink un-naturally.
I understand the sentiment, but would also like to note that the motivation to use an un-weighed fly is much more complicated. I noticed in your recent blog you note how effective spoons are. I wholeheartedly agree. I spent years of my youth riling trout with spoons. Its the vibration…in my opinion and not so much the flash.
So why, flyfish???
They are different disciplines…requiring different tactics and skill to master.
As is fishing a beadhead, a un-weighed kebari, or a dry fly.
All fun to learn and perhaps each one progressively more challenging. That is the fun part.
Can I fool this fish with my skill?
Can I fool this fish with bait?
Can I fool this fish with something that is easy to master and easy to convert fish with?
If I had to put food on the table…sure as shine…I will reach for bait or a spoon. Probably a spoon.
But for entertainment. I will goof off with the feathers and hooks.
I wanted to add. I am getting better as a flyfisherman every year and really enjoy it. I also enjoy the challenge of fishing unweighed flies. Sometimes they out produce beads…sometimes its a draw. I cannot say I am unaffected by tenkara purists. I am, and I embrace the learning as it improves me as an angler. The more tools in the toolbox, the more fish I can catch when I really want to.