As most of us are painfully aware trout do not feed all of the time. Some might argue that they never seem to feed when they are on the water! When trout are reluctant to prove their existence taking advantage of their naturally aggressive predatory nature is a sound strategy. I can recall an early season outing where trout appeared to be still in a mid-winter slumber. Strikes were few and far between. It wasn’t until a member of our party knotted on a white-legged Girdle Bug did things start to happen. Stunned at first by this choice of pattern we were soon scrambling through our fly box for animated attractor patterns as Kathy Ruddick released yet another trout.
Attractor flies for stillwaters feature materials such as rubber or silicone legs, marabou, and Crystal Chenille. Garish but controlled color choices are another options. Seasoned stillwater fly fishers know the value of a red-bodied Carey Special. A Seal Bugger with an olive body and burnt orange tail is another personal favorite. When trout are moody and fickle attractors presented with an active strip retrieve patterns turns casting practice into a day to remember.
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