It happens all of the time, yet it is still surprising when the same fly has been working for what seems like forever. I had a guide trip on the West Carson the other day and started with the fly that had been working for weeks. To my dismay, it wasn’t working. It had been working regardless of time of day, hatch or no hatch, it just worked. After mulling things over and staring at my box for a couple of minutes, a trusty regular caught my eye, The Pink Hacklestacker. I tied it on for one of the clients and it was game on again. We fished that pattern for the rest of the day, wrapping up around 4pm with fish still taking it! There were no bugs about and there are still great Caddis hatches in the evenings, but the fish wanted the mayfly. So, don’t allow yourself to get bogged down with specific patterns, open up that box and try some different flies when things aren’t going the way they should be. Have fun out there.
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