Expect periods of inactivity then sudden action. Fish will hunt in packs and leave the deeper water to hunt fry then return to the safety of the deeper water.
Take a 7 or 8wt rod capable of turning over large, bulky patterns and coping with the powerful runs of big fish. Heavy leader of 8lb minimum with 12lb preferable.
Have one fly box with all of the necessary patterns tied on good hooks with thick wire that will not bend out when playing a fish.
4 Thoroughly check the leader after each big fish. It can become frayed by the razor-like teeth of a big brown, or on underwater obstructions. 5 Fish a single fly only – knots mean weakness and droppers can snag on weedbeds, boats or other structures. Also, two 4lb fry feeders hooked at the same time means breakages even on a 14lb leader. 6
Plan what you intend to do once you hook a big fish - where is best to land it, can you steer it away from any obstructions? Try to visualise potential problems and, more importantly, plan your solutions. A big landing net is essential.
7 Get up to date information on your reservoir. Read reports and keep in contact with friends. Try to set up a network of contacts so you know what is going on. 8 Respond immediately. Fry-feeding won’t last long once the word is out. You must be prepared to drop everything to get the best sport and the best spot. 9
Suspender Minkies are better than Spondoolies or Ethafoam Floating Fry as they sit just subsurface rather than in or on it. Match the size of the fry fish patterns.