Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dry Fly Fishing

Hit the river today. Normally during the summer on calm mornings you can find large schools of buffalo sucking midges off the surface. I'll stick to calling them midges because I don't know enough about entomology to identify exactly what they are. But a size 18-22 grey foam wing emerger normally gets the job done.

I don't get these fish.... for their size they should fight a whole lot more. I was using a 3weight to catch'em today and a 3/4 to 1 lb bluegill have them beat pretty easily.
 Didn't spend to long messing with the buffalo since I needed to make the 3 mile paddle to get to a hole that normally holds some smallmouth. Caught 6 or 7 smallies to 16".


  1. Those are Bigmouth Buffs! Nice job. You don't see them very often.

    As with the fight, i'm not sure. Small buffs(like baby buffs) fight hard, some mid size fluke buffs fight really hard, and the medium to big ones just give up. One of the most common fighting styles for buffs is just not moving, dead weight until they get to the bank, then they take off and go nuts.

  2. Thanks. I always wondered if the reason they didn't fight much was because of low DO levels in the river or something along those lines. I have also noticed that once you get their head jerked around once they give up. Next time I will use 4 lb tippet so I won't be able to put as much pressure on them. We will what that does.