The more you fish wet flies, the more you’re going to encounter situations where you want your team of three to behave in a very specific way. This can happen from day to day, location to location, and even from moment to moment within a single run. As always, ask yourself the question “What do I want the fly to do?” Let the answer be your guide.
Say you’re fishing a bead head pattern on point, and you notice an active riser above your position. The fish is taking emergers just below the surface. In this case, a sinking rig may not be to your advantage — you want to make it easier for the buyer to buy.
OMG I was thinking of sending to you the idea of using a bead head soft hackle for the point fly on a soft hackle rig since I have been doing that this season fishing in fast deep water. I agree depending upon how far you want the fly down determines the weight and size of the bead head. The other day fishing here in the Garden State I even used a micro shot along with the bead head soft hackle to get down deep. Then I cast out ( just like you taught me) and swing the rig and wait for the tug especially as it finishes the swing. Well done Steve!
I strive for timeliness, so when it all comes together it’s a beautiful thing. 🙂