How trout take subsurface flies

this film is really interesting and not something we get to see very often.
the purists will moan and groan that this study was done on stocked fish using stocked fish flies but even if its ultimately possible, its also highly improbable that someone is going to go through all the effort and time to get the same footage on wild stock, besides, i don’t think it would make for a big difference. also, wild fish of the same size don’t tend to congregate so much, further decreasing the competitive agressivness seen in this video so, let’s just take from this what we can.
firstly, seeing fish attack flies is well, exciting. its one of the major reasons we do what we do. also, from a practicle aspect, this vid says a lot about how fast they’ll spit that fly back out; something we tend to not like as much !

i didn’t bother counting but what seems more than obvious was how fast the deer hair muddler-headed fly (the first in the series) was spit out. after viewing this several times there even seemed to be a panicked expression (i know, i know. that’s dangerous ground but please bare with me on this one, here’s my point)-
take a muddler head fly and hold it between your fingers; its prickly and stiffish and doesn’t feel like any ‘normal’ fish food and that leads me to this, at least for the moment, conclusion.
its not to say that muddlers aren’t great flies because they are but the spit-out rate and how fast its spit out ratio seems higher than with non-prickly adorned flies and this from what the purists are calling ‘dumb fish’…

fly no. 2 and 4, generic non body-hackled wooly bugger type lures (for lack of a better name) are kept in the mouth longer. had the hook point been there these would have produced more hook-ups because the angler would have had more time to react to the takes.

enough rambling, whether we come to any practicle conclusion regarding fly designs or not, its still something i’m sure you’ll enjoy watching.

PMS (Purple Mini Streamer)

by Hans Weilenmann


hot off Hans’ vice, here’s a juicy little muddlerish’ streamer pattern that’s sure to do the trick on several species.
i particularly like the use of recycled materials, in this case produce net bags unmeshed and used as the body and rib in one easy,  thin and translucent maneuver.
some are a little reluctant to use deer hair and this is a great pattern to get the feel for it as this pattern’s sparseness requires the use of only a few hairs. as in a lot of other methods, it’s easier to start with little and then later adapt what we learned to bigger flies.
the novice will want to pay close attention to both verbal and visual details: stacking, the pinch and loop (soft loop) to initially tie in and keep the deer wing on top of the shank, winding the thread into different parts of the hair butts to secure and splay them and spinning the hairs to get the ‘ball effect of the head. most deer hair tying methods are right here in this great tutorial and it’s definitely something to have in your tying repertoire. enjoy !