I took off my hat after fishing this Sunday and noticed a trend.
I stuck these flies in my hat as I fishes and did not consciously organize them. Basically, if fish only hit the dropper, I would experiment with a different fly to see if I could trigger a rise on the surface. I love seeing them eat a dry fly I've tied myself.
It is pretty obvious the trend in fishing this day was to start big and then downsize using smaller and smaller flies.
In the end we were only able to get consistent rises to a size 24 parachute Adams!
There are days on this stream when any of the flies on my hat would work. It just depends on the mood of the fish.
On our way back to the car we came across a fisherman trying to cast a huge size 8 stonefly to a pool of trout.
Hopefully he is observing the trout's reaction to his presentations carefully and is willing to experiment.
It's definitely more fun to catch fish. Even if it's on tiny mighty midges and itty bitty dries.
IF YOU HAVE A STRATEGY FOR HOW YOU DECIDE WHAT FLY OR RIG TO USE, SEND ME YOUR THOUGHTS AND I WILL GIVE IT A TRY THE NEXT TIME I'M ON THE WATER.