Just got back from the local urban stocked pond, where I was skunked yet the powerbait fishermen were catching trout after trout. I was throwing my usual black wooly bugger (usually a killer!) some kind of dace streamer, San Juan worm, and killer bugs. I stripped, twitched, jigged, and just plopped them out there and waited. Not even a nibble. I’m not a fly snob at all, but I’d just rather fish with my own flies, especially since I’ve spent so much time and money on tying materials. Any tips?
Have you tried smaller midge type flies? It can be surprising what a #18 - #22 will attract,
Just a thought,
Recently stocked fish seem to respond best to something flashy with lots of movement. They’ve spent their entire life confined and being fed pellets, a nice natural looking bug means nothing to them. Try adding some gaudy flash to your buggers tail, and maybe a little splash of red by way of a red bead glass bead head.
Not much to do. Hard to beat powerbait.
You could try an estez egg. Round like a pellet and flashy.
Tenkara techniques can be applied in ponds but all in all…they will serve you better in a river or b4ook.
This is a good idea. I don’t tie my buggers with any Crystal Flash or sparkly stuff, and I bet a green or red bead could be taken for a powerbait ball. Thanks!
I’ve not, but that’s a good idea. I’ve some small zebra midges tied up leftover from winter, I’ll give them a try!