1 THE IMITATIVES
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!”