WHAT TO USE, WHEN TO USE IT
For working hatchery holdovers, Mark Swann favors small in-line spinners like Joe’s Flies and Panther Martins, Swedish Pimples, and small floating Rapalas. Swann will also use a Woolly Bugger or some other attractor fly under a split shot just heavy enough to get it down to the fish.
“I’ll even use a couple of red or chartreuse plastic beads on a hook with enough weight to get it down deep. You need to get it in front of their face,” he says. “Keep trying different things until you figure out what works.”