Posted by Rob G on May 01, 2006 at 13:24:29:
In Reply to: Willow flies, fly fishing posted by Al on April 30, 2006 at 09:18:21:
I normally start seeing willow fly hatches around the first of June. I've had spotty luck finding fish to go with the hatches. Maybe 1 hatch out of 3 will have a bunch of fish in attendance, maybe it's just me though.
As far as equipment, I have had a ball with a 5 weight, but I prefer a 9 weight. I can push a popper farther and more easily with it, and easy is good when you make a day of it. Also, I've found that there are usually a few bass hanging around hatches and the 9 weight comes in handy on occasion. Plus, my good old beat up Cortland 9 weight makes an excellent tool for beating tree limbs to dislodge resting willow flies. I HATE doing that with my 5 weight Loomis.
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