Hey Aidan,I think river size has an impact as well. In a small river you can be fairly sure where most fish are holding so certain they will see your fly. IE the black bits of the pool. On the Tay it's a big river. Fish are likely to be less concerned about the low water as they are not limited to one bit or even one pool. In that case it may well be best to make sure the fish see your fly. So fish bigger if the fish are less shy. I fish a dropper most of the time so can fish both sizes. It can amaze you. 20 lb May Springer on the Forth took my size 12 dropper and passed by the large size 8 on the point. That fish took me 3 times before I caught it. All 3 takes on the size 12 treble on the dropper. Now why it preferred the smaller fly who knows, size, colour or depth? Do not be frightened to try a small one, you can always tie on a bigger fly if you catch nothing. Cascades are great in any size but I have never had a fish on a size 8 or bigger Alley's. So much so I never tie them bigger than a 10 anymore. Fish what you have confidence in and 2 flies allows you to cover more fish with more options. And yes, I did wish I only had one fly on when fighting the Springer. But where is the fun in holding all the advantages and perhaps I never would have caught it otherwise.
I was exactly the same. I had a load of sunrays sitting in a box and basically never used them. I thought they were a last resort thing on a water stuffed with fish that weren’t taking.Speed of water makes a big difference as well. Faster water usually means a bigger fly. Never really tried a Sunray. Tied a few, but never certain when to try one. Will definitely give them a swim this summer. Problem is you only try something new when the salmon are out of sorts, so you never really give it a fair chance as the salmon are not on. I know the Sunray can wake them up. Looking forward to some water to give one a swim. Please let it rain. Falling everywhere I do not want it. Bloody lawn needs cut too often.
How do you fish it tfs?I was exactly the same. I had a load of sunrays sitting in a box and basically never used them. I thought they were a last resort thing on a water stuffed with fish that weren’t taking.
This season has opened my eyes.
Ive landed fish on 3 totally different rivers this season on the sunray.
Had one on a small fast spate river, had 4 on the Spey a big water with varying speed on the pools, and had a sea trout and missed a few salmon yesterday on the isla a fairly wide flat slow moving river. It’s now a method I will give a go almost anywhere anytime.
Rrrr, the rivers you fish, do they carry much colour when they are high?The last few years ive gained alot of confidence in fishing really small flies in spate conditions. Ill happily fish a 14 or 16 with a short tail in high water and catch fish. Thats not to say a big fly wouldnt have worked but i seem to do better with small stuff.
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