Fly Fishing Tip – Smallies From Below The Pool

Well….it is mid-July and things here in Southern Indiana are getting tough…heat, low and clear water and very spooky fish. I have changed attack plans several times in the past several weeks and this past two weeks I have done very well by walking into the pools from below and dead drifting a bitch creek/spider combo that I tie. The fly has white rubbers legs up front and in the mid-section to look like wings. It is tied with black chenille and has a flash of yellow, black or purple hackle tied directly in behind the front bead head and rubber legs. If you are looking to tie this fly…check out my rubber spider video and then add a small bead head to a size 8, 3x hook with a pair of white rubber legs tied in directly behind the bead head to make the legs stand up.

This is patient fishing….hard for me to do as I like to strip and rip, but that isn’t productive right now as the water is way too clear and the fish are spooky…I have caught some of these big dudes more than once. Start by entering the pool as quietly as you can…treat it like your life depended on it as you don’t want the big fish to know you are there. I make long cast into the pools and mend my line with a wrap of the line with my line hand…all I am doing is taking up the slack so that when a fish hits, I can set the hook.

I have had the most fortune in casting under or directly beside deep pools with over hanging limbs as this is a natural station for these fish…they hold under the limbs waiting for something, anything, to fall out of the tree and then…wham!

The video that follows is of me catching a 16 incher in a pool that was as clear as any water anywhere. I finally landed this fish by being patient for 10 minutes and timing his looping pattern within the pool. I started to see a pattern and made a few casts ahead of him, allowing the fly to dead drift into his region. The first few times he didn’t give it a sniff….the 4th time he swam over, mouthed the fly and I set the hook…so be patient and very stealthy and you can land these big bruins that dominate the pool.

One last piece to this….I just recently purchased a TQR (Tight Quarters Rod) from Cabela’s…it was a 5 foot 6 inch rod in a 4 weight. This is the PERFECT rod for getting in and doing battle with these small creek fish. The rod allows you to cast under limbs and into spots that even my small 2 weight wouldn’t allow. I loved the fact that when I set the hook I had some power remove the fish from the hole and not mess up the other fish. Lots of luck to you…and many bent rods!


Share This Post with Your Friends ... You May Also Like These Topics...

Match the Hatch for Streamers

Welcome back to another video with FlyFishingWithJeff. You hear the term ‘match the hatch’ thrown around …. a lot. Mostly, it is used in dry fly fishing for trout and the many hatches of insects/bugs that come off each year. The match the hatch mindset can also be very effective when streamer fishing. In this […]

YouTube Live Event-3-21-21

We’re having another YouTube Live Event on Sunday, March 21st at 7pm (EST). Tune in to my account (https://www.youtube.com/c/FlyFishingWithJeff) and I will once again discuss some relevant fly fishing topics and a variety of other interesting items. If you have a question that you think is viable and pertinent … and can be answered via […]

Product Review – The Knot Kneedle

Very seldom do I find a product that both makes sense and actually works like it is supposed to … The Knot Kneedle is just such a product. I was out in Missouri this past weekend and decided to fish the last hour of catch/release at Roaring River. I had already shot a video the […]

Fly Tying a Jig-Headed Trout Candy

Short and sweet; this video shows me tying a version of my trout candy that I have just started using and have had great results from it. The recipe is as follows: Hook – Cabela’s Plated Jighead in size 1/64 (brass) Tail – Silver Bucktail; a piece long enough to extend an inch and a […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Disclosure: Some of the links on FlyFishingWithJeff.com are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we will earn a commission. For example: As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Keep in mind that we link to these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission we receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you. Should you have any questions, comments or concerns or wish to ask a question prior to purchasing and product or service mentioned on this web site, you can contact us directly by e-mail at flyfishingwithjeff@gmail.com.