The Natural Approach to Picky Trout
Possibly the best salmonfly and October Caddis dry fly pattern available.
We have all been standing on the banks of a river that is completely teeming with stoneflies. Somehow with all this biomass of life culminating in front of your eyes, the trout are less than interested in your well placed offerings.
A glance in your fly box reveals a collection of modern, realistic patterns made with scientific care. They have poly wings and foam backs to enable your flies to float with all the added legs and jazz associated with "new" patterns. And yet somehow, they're not deceiving any trout.
You noticed plenty of interest, but no commitment, like my high school days. Hungry trout racing to confront the helpless offering, but a short follow or quick refusal is all that happens. This is where a fisherman can step up and become an angler. Trout don't usually move to check something out without the intentions of eating it. These new patterns are great but usually are a fad and quickly over-fished. By mid-season the banks have been pounded with the heavy foam and flash flies. When fish start to get more persnickety, the use of low profile natural patterns is often unsurpassed. Frequently, the older more impressionistic patterns such as the Norm Woods, Clark's Stone, and Sofa Pillows will do more damage.
Enter center stage - the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. Rene Harrop - who invented the CDC pattern for some of the pickiest trout in America, those that live in Henry's Fork. Just saying, if he can fool them there, we can fool our redside here. Don't be afraid to have a box full of different patterns for the up and coming hatch. You will need them.