We want our Tribe Members to be informed and know how to catch fish any time of the year. Our goal is that you can go out and catch fish the same day that your latest Postfly box arrives in the mail, full of flies, gear, and swag. To help you hook up, we asked Postfly ambassador Chantel Deneumoustier (@chantelwestcoast_) to share her secrets for catching trout with the latest Postfly Box that Tribe Members are fishing with right now. While you wait for your December box to arrive, here’s how to catch fish with the November trout selection:
Lake Fishing Tips
Hang the patterns with a long leader and a quick-release strike indicator. Use stronger monofilament as the body of the leader, attach it to a swivel and attach 2-3 feet of fluorocarbon to the other end of the swivel and the fly.
Start by hanging the Hatching midge about two feet off the bottom and then gradually raise its height in the water column with the strike indicator. I recommend tying the fly on with a non-slip loop knot to increase its movement underwater!
River Fishing Tips
The wooly bugger and the BWO Wine patterns can be great on the river, especially during the slow winter months as midge hatches can happen all year! I would use two approaches with these patterns. First, a nice dead drift hung under a thingamabobber, either on its own or with a small split shot 12-18 inches up if the water is faster and deeper.
Second with the Czech nymphing technique. Throw the fly into a riffle or the end of a nice run, keep your rod tip high and drag the fly along with the pace of the current keeping tension in your leader. Use a light weighted rod and the lightest tippet the fish will allow!
More Expert Fall Tactics
Throw the tungsten-head soft hackle pheasant tail fly out wherever you see fish rising to a hatch. Leave it dead or give it a few twitches and that should get the fishes attention. On the river get it into a moderate current with a nice dead drift forget those fish in the holding parts of streams and rivers.
At the end of the dead drift make sure to be gentle lifting your line and the fly, back up as to not spook the fish! I see too many people rip that line back out of the water and make a big racket.
The WD-40 nymph pattern could work at all times of the year given the right presentation. Know the time of year and the fish you are targeting. Winter give it a slower retrieve, brown trout a more aggressive retrieve etc. this fly would be good in the late fall-winter in rivers systems with anadromous fish.
Fish that follow the salmon/steelhead such as rainbow, sea-run cutthroat trout, and bull trout would be willing to take this fly. Swing it into the current, mend it, finish the swing and give it a consistent 6” retrieve. Intermediate or floating line would do depending on the water current and depth.
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