But as a general rule, a lot of the top competition anglers would initially start by fishing lures, for example, a Tadpole, Cat's Whisker, or a Hot Headed Damsel on an intermediate fly line (see diagram 1). Make a steady figure-of-eight for half the retrieve then apply a faster strip for the last half of the retrieve. The mobile marabou tail or wing of the lures and the change of speed in the retrieve should induce any fish into the take. Another deadly fly to consider is a Goldhead Blob Squirmy using short sharp pulls.
The next approach would be nymphs fished on an ultra-slow retrieve on a floating line or midge-tip fly line. In the summer months, you could try three Black Stripped Quill Buzzers on a 12-foot leader, all spaced four feet apart (diagram 3). At any other time of the year, another method would be to fish a Red Holo Nemo (one on the point and one on the middle dropper), and a Hare's Ear Nymph on the top dropper (diagram 4). Again a slow figure-of-eight retrieve is all that's required.
If the water is shallow or the fish are feeding in the top six feet then substitute the Nemo on the point for a small-eyed Cat Booby and fish the washing-line method (diagram 5) – ensuring all the flies are kept high in the water. Again, apply this method for around 15 minutes before changing. A good tip when fishing the washing line is to apply a long, slow pull which will lift the flies up toward the surface, but then let the flies drop back down naturally as this will trigger a strike.
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