I prefer to be on top, but just occasionally it can be fun to be on the bottom!
And, as I prepare for another 4 day trip into the wilderness in search of wild trout beneath the towering peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, my thoughts turn to tactics that may just give me the edge on those trout that call the gin clear waters home. As I said I prefer to be on top and by that I mean, dry fly in case any of you lost me, but I also need something to get me down below in the fast water and those mysteriously deep holes where I know some good fish lie in the cool, safe depths.
Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer my little lightly weight nymphs to do the actual job of fooling the wily inhabitants, but to get them to where they need to be I put this number together with a some help from my good friend Ed Herbst who like me is passionate about small streams. Ed came up with a similar idea a few years back and told me about it. I have made a few small changes and hope that it still does its job. For want of a better name I decided that it should aptly be called, “The Depth Charge”. It is heavy – orange tungsten bead up front and a tungsten scud back for serious weight and to turn it upside down as it bounces along the bottom towing a small Baetis nymph imitation about 30 cm tied off the bend of the TMC #16 206BL. I added a sliver of foam to the under-body just for appearance and to hide the ugly bits. It may even look like part of a shuck or wing of the drowned insect?
The Depth Charge
And, under water for the record.
I have a few friends joining me on this trip who are specialist nymphos who probably won’t believe what they are reading here being so used to seeing me on top, most of the time!
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