Post by phishphinder on Apr 30, 2008 20:02:24 GMT -5
I have used several flies. A crawdad pattern worked slow in the deep pools has produced several bass. Woolly Buggers, clousers, streamers, take most bass. Grasshoppers, poppers, and large spiders work on top. Pan fish will take the same just in smaller offerings.
les I will be at Fairfield ponds on April 4 ask me to show some of what I have found to work well on the wildcat. Some are just what phisphinder was saying and some are flies that I have created. Color seems to be the main thing on the wildcat.
Post by flyfishingpastor on Jul 12, 2009 20:16:25 GMT -5
I know this is an old thread, but you said "...color seems to be the main thing on the Wildcat." so, what colors have you found to be hot colors on the WC? I fish it a lot and have not really found any particular color/fly to be hot all the time. I recently went over a journal I kept 2 years ago and could find no consistent "hot" color. What style of fly or color shifted from day-to-day. Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing about the colors you found successful on the WC.
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Post by reelteacher on Jul 12, 2009 22:53:16 GMT -5
Sometimes color is very important, especially for flies that are used below the surface. Nymphs and streamers should be of colors consistent with that of the natural forms. Although, when visibility is reduced with dirty water, what I just said goes right out the window... Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow all seem to work better in high water, primarily because the fish can see those colors from greater distances. But, when the water is low and clear, use more natural, muted tones. With that said, I have caught many bass on chartreuse colored flies in crystal clear water... There is also a saying that goes, bright sky, bright fly and dark sky, dark fly. I've experimented with this and I have found it to be mostly true. Unless, there is something else going on... For example, the Japanese beatles have a dark colored belly, and I've use dark beetle imitations on bright days and have done very well. Size also makes a difference. Larger flies in high water, smaller flies in low water. Good luck. All I can say is experiment. As with any animal, a fishes mood changes day to day, and even hour to hour.
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