If you have ever fished through a pool with a reputation for holding a good stock of salmon, but with nothing to show for your efforts, it can be a struggle to decide whether to fish it through again with a different Salmon Fly Line, a different size and/or pattern of Salmon Fly or try somewhere else.
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As rules go, many believe this isn’t a bad one to follow. However, others might argue against this notion, and, having failed with a "conventional" fly and presentation, cover the pool with a much larger Collie Dog or Sunray Shadow. Such flies may produce more boils than takes, but at least these confirm that there are fish in residence. Of course, some would start with the Sunray, and then swap to a conventional fly for the second time through.
Having said all the above, guard against developing the habit dashing from here to there, changing flies every ten minutes, and swapping lines at coffee, lunch, and tea. Salmon tend to come on the take when they are right and ready, and not before. When they do, it’s often amazing just how conventional they can.
Of course nothing can beat local knowledge, so asking the ghillie what the best flies and fly lines to use for the prevailing conditions will give you an advantage.
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