I have to tell you that is one deadly pattern!
Went fishing at our local river yesterday...I started off with a
small RS2 nymph and worked my way up to a washed out bend. That spot
just looked so fishy that after I had gone through it with the RS2
without success, I tied on a little size 12 H&H Bugger with beadhead
and tried again.
I cast it upstream and slightly across, just like I had done
before, and let it drift past a willow through the bend. 2nd cast
and my line was pulled upstream! My strike came a tad late (I was a
bit surprised), but the fight was on none the less! Long story
short, I landed a beautiful 16 1/3 inch Brown with the Bugger
solidly locked in the upper lip...My BEST TROUT on the fly yet!
There might have been a little victory dance followed by an
improvised photo session.
This river gets fished a lot since it's leased by the university
I study at (Forest Sciences) and just about every student does some
fishing there (mostly spinning though). This only added to my
The fly had taken a good beating and I replaced it with a size 14
bead head H&H bugger with a slightly darker tail. Now what followed
has actually never happened to me before...I casted upstream, and as
soon an the fly touched the water a fish jumped up in full speed,
attacking the fly, missing only by millimeters. I waited for a
minute and repeated the cast....same story, but the third time I
could feel the fish and set the hook. This brown was smaller but put
on a good fight in the current. My first 5 casts with the H&H Bugger
Now I don't know if the fly is just so good, or if the conditions
yesterday were perfect, but I had a great day fishing. I hooked 2
more trout but lost them and then discovered a school of about 30
barbels just hanging out in the current behind a big rock. They
didn't like the Bugger and were really quite picky, but a size 16
Mayfly nymph did the trick and I was lucky enough to land 3 of those
hearty fighters. Two of them longer than half a meter (20 inches).
This was by far the best day flyfishing I've ever had!
Hope you like the pictures!
Best regards from Germany,