LANDING WITH A PLOP
It is not always necessary to get the fly to the fish. Weighted nymphs landing with a plop can draw fish out from cover. If the stream receives significant fishing pressure the sound of a beadhead fly hitting the surface may spook trout rather than attract them. Very small flies, size 18 to 22, with tiny 1.5mm beads cause a small impact that is sufficient to get the fish’s attention without spooking it. Beadhead flies with palmered hackles land gently and sink slowly, giving the trout time to investigate before the fly sinks out of range.