5/7/2017 Barret Flyfishing in the Rain Report

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  1. UCangler

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    Hit the water before sunrise. Anchored among the flooded vegetation along the shore and started fishing as the rain fell. It was a consistent rainy day all day with a few breaks here and there. I used a top water fly Dalhberg Diver and got most of them on that all day even when the rain came down hard, just make a bigger plop on the cast and more surface commotion than the pattering rain and the bass will key in on that. Subsurface strikes were good on baitfish patterns from 2 inches to 4 inches. I noticed schools of bass chasing small baitish in the 2 to 3 inch range, so we tied on some patterns of that size and color which was very successful. We were fishing 2 to 3ft of water and max 5 ft of water the entire time because they were all visible which gave us no reason to change tactics. The most memorable moment was during the afternoon deluge at its climax and I double hauled my fly far into a cove. The water from the rain pouring down the bill of my hat, the sound of rain coming down hard on the lake, I saw my fly just a dark little silhouette among the thousands of droplets on the surface. Stripped the fly in once and I could see it breaking up the rain drop patterns on the surface creating its own little wake. Stripped in a few times more times and then my fly got sucked under water. Set the hook with a strip set and the fight was on as the rain came down harder. I eventually landed that fish but the setting was unforgettable. There was a boat next to us with umbrella that witnessed the whole thing and I am sure it was just as awesome to watch. All in all it was a very memorable time for me. I attached a few pictures for this report.

    A few interesting things I observed:
    1) Water was warm even though the rain and weather was cold below 60s. The fish themselves were warm to the touch as well. The recent cold weather seemed to inconvenience the fisherman and not the fish.
    2) Bait boils still happen during the rain.
    3) Poppers work great during the rain.
    4) I did not use a sink line the whole time, though I had one. There was no need to switch for me at that time.
    5) When the rain stopped, i noticed an immediate increase in feeding activity and hook ups.
    6) Fish with sores had signs of healing
    7) The road was not bad even after getting rain on Sat and Sunday.
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    Great report, love the detail in those images. Thanks for sharing. We saw you guys out there!
     
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    Great stuff! That is an excellent looking diver, did you tie that?
     
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    That is one of the very best Fly Fishing Reports I have read on this site in 10 years. Thank You, and Please Share More
     
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    I got it from Bob Marriott in Fullerton, CA.
     
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    Thanks Steve! Will do.
     
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    Thanks for report but now my game plan is shot. Was going to use sinking line to get down deep and some bait fish patterns. The top water stuff is blowing my mind. Think frogs will work?
     
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    I brought 2 8wts and 1 6wt with a sink. Never got to use the sink, but my buddy did and he did pretty good. The only problem with the sink line is they are so close to shore and it's flooded with vegetation, so you do risk hooking a plant that has been growing where there was no water before below the surface faster. The bait fish patterns should naturally sink and with a 9 ft leader it can go quite deep just on the floating line as long as you tie loop knot to attach fly. Also, with the floating, you can pick up and lay down line at long distances. You might cast 40 ft to a bank swim it over vegetation growing 2 ft under the surface and after 3 strips see a boil to your right and easily pick up and lay it there. With the sink you have to strip the entireline back in until you can lift and false cast a few time to get the line out there. This takes longer than a lift and present.

    Don't get me wrong you will still be good, but ideally 2 rods one with each line is best.

    Yes a frog will work. I saw them at the lake. The real ones.

    You will have fun!
     
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    Great report. I sure tried to get out there for that rain/topwater action, but no luck Bet my frog would have killed them all day long.
     
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    Ill take that bet!
     
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