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 Post subject: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 10th, 2018, 8:57 am 
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I was in Colorado recently and received what I consider to be an excellent tip from a fly shop regarding rising fish. It was so simple and obvious, yet I hadn’t come to it myself:
If you don’t see the nose of a rising fish, it is almost certainly taking emergers.
That tip (along with several other juicy secrets) immediately paid off that evening over a pool of swirling risers, which eagerly ate both a Barr’s and Loopwing emerger and even the higher-profile but hackle-less Sparkle Dun, while shunning similar sized, yet high-riding griffiths gnats and Adams dries.
Good stuff for the fish brain catalogue.

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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 10th, 2018, 9:50 am 
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Good advice. One more.....perhaps even better. Look for the bubble. There has to be an air bubble if it’s a true rise. No air bubble,......they’re taking emergers under the surface. 100% of the time. You may not see the nose, but that air bubble lasts for 60 feet or more. Air is expelled from the gills as the trout sucks in the fly.

You should see the look on the faces of guys/gals that have flyfished for a half century or more, and didn’t know that. It’s a revelation. Take that tip to the bank.

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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 10th, 2018, 4:10 pm 
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I like a good toilet flush myself.... :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 11th, 2018, 7:47 am 
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"Follow the nose" to "toilet flush"? There is a bathroom joke in their somewhere, but let's keep this forum family friendly. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 11th, 2018, 9:42 am 
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Did not make it to the toilet bowl this year. Found hot mysis action elsewhere though :wink:
Dave, the bubble indicator sounds like a great tip. Gotta be tough to discern in rapidly moving water though, I would think. Speaking of bubbles, I’ve tried targeting them in slower water with not much success, but that’s streamer fishing, totally different game.

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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 11th, 2018, 2:05 pm 
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maineangler wrote:
Dave, the bubble indicator sounds like a great tip. Gotta be tough to discern in rapidly moving water though, I would think. Speaking of bubbles, I’ve tried targeting them in slower water with not much success, but that’s streamer fishing, totally different game.


In my experience, the bubble was an effective indicator on spring-creek-type water--smooth current and even flow. Not so much in turbulence. Interestingly, I don't see those bubbles on rising trout on ponds, and it seems like I should.


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 Post subject: Re: Follow the nose
PostPosted: September 11th, 2018, 7:15 pm 
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When I'm seeing bubbles, it's usually a large chub and not a trout.


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