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GoofusBugJanuary 1st, 2009, 8:07 pm
Posts: 31The longer I fish for trout, the smaller my flies keep getting. My tippets keep getting smaller, too.

Is this the normal progression of things?
MartinlfJanuary 1st, 2009, 11:40 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
For some, I suppose.

I vary between smaller and larger, depending on conditions. Last season I caught some of my biggest trout on big bugs and heavy tippets, but the one I was proudest of was a big brown on the Delaware that took a small sulphur emerger and was landed on 6X (quickly, I'd add, for those who may think it was played too long. It swam off strong.) Smaller and lighter does require aggressive fighting techniques such as turning the fish's head, using side pressure, and pushing the tippet to it's breaking point to bring the fish to net quickly and avoid exhausting it.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
JADJanuary 2nd, 2009, 9:35 am
Alexandria Pa

Posts: 362
Is that because your getting older ( loss of sight --aches and pains -fat fingers) or are the fish becoming college grads .


They fasten red (crimson red) wool around a hook, and fix onto the wool two feathers which grow under a cockís wattles, and which in colour are like wax.
Radcliffe's Fishing from the Earliest Times,
RleePJanuary 2nd, 2009, 10:24 am
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 398
>>Is this the normal progression of things?>>

Yes. But the flies aren't really getting smaller. The lighting (whether solar or artificial) simply isn't as strong as once was and everything is harder to see. This occurred to me one day when I was standing on a dining room chair reading the newspaper opened on the floor, having misplaced my glasses...:)
GoofusBugJanuary 2nd, 2009, 1:09 pm
Posts: 31Truth hurts.
LeakywadersJanuary 2nd, 2009, 3:37 pm
New England

Posts: 43
The trout are smarter. Tried a royal coachman with yellow hackle tail, trout told me it was wrong. Need more golden phessant crest for royal coachman tails.
Drag free??? If the fly didn't drag, I wouldn't know where it was!!
TroutnutJanuary 2nd, 2009, 4:11 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Of course, a real fisherman would realize that it's not your flies and tippets getting smaller, nor is it your eyes getting worse. Your flies just seem smaller, because your fish are getting bigger! See, there's a perfectly good explanation for everything...
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
MartinlfJanuary 3rd, 2009, 10:42 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Great thread; I missed the joke at first. Leave it to John to point it out to me! I remember that day I was trying to tie on a midge and kept wondering why I couldn't find the eye. It was my eye that was at fault. Now I carry various magnifying aids--bifocals in my sunglasses, flip focals for nightime or whenever the sunglasses aren't in use, and a backup folding pair of reading glasses--just in case. I do like Troutnut's explanation too! The perspective thing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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