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IF you ac­cept that other than some of the smaller buzzer species, most f ly hatches now cease, then the sur­face ac­tion tends to be with ter­res­tri­als such as the ever-re­li­able daddy lon­glegs. Even when the in­sect is no longer around, an in­quis­i­tive trout will of­ten come to take one, es­pe­cially if you make it cre­ate a slight wake in the sur­face. A sunk Daddy seems re­ally good right now and although – of course – there’s no such thing as an un­der­wa­ter, swim­ming daddy, the trout don’t seem to know that and will gladly take one. So my choice of pat­terns for this time of the year does of­ten rely on us­ing a Daddy vari­ant. You can use a f loating close copy, a slow sinker or go mad and use ones with coloured bead heads and rub­ber legs. They all work! There’s two ways of do­ing this. One is to put a dr y Daddy on the drop­per and then use a lightly-dressed Buzzer or ba­sic nymph such as an orig­i­nal Di­awl Bach on the point. A lter­na­tively, put a sink­ing Daddy on point with the drop­per po­si­tion for the nymph. You will be sur­prised as to how of­ten the nymph is taken and hav­ing spent so much time watch­ing fish I see them come to the Daddy but then move on to the smaller f ly and take it so gen­tly as though it’s a lit­tle snack. If you have op­por­tu­nity and good light it can pay to watch some­one else fish­ing and ob­ser ve the f ishes’ re­ac­tions to the way they f ish the f ly and in­deed, how of­ten they get takes which go un­de­tected. This is the way that good guides de­velop their ex­per­tise – by con­tin­u­ally watch­ing their clients, and the f ish.

“So my choice of pat­terns for this time of year does of­ten rely on us­ing a Daddy vari­ant... They all work!”

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