Catching fish on a fly and a grasshopper

Reliable "cure" for summer total lack of bite. How to fish in the summer on top of a grasshopper and a fly. The finest nuances of bait preparation, attachment methods, gear layouts.

A reliable "cure" for the summer total lack of bite is catching in places where the fish prefers to eat on top or in the midway. For successful fishing, all you need to do is move the pellets to the float by fitting a blacksmith or a regular fly on the hook.

A sloping meadow is the best place to hunt for insects.

True, on a sunny day you are tormented to run after these beasts, like jumping around, chirping, and a box for half an hour of hunting, at best, a half dozen insects. I go hunting before the dew or in the evening, when fog creeps from the water onto the grass. At this time, the grasshoppers only slowly move from the grass to the grass or make very short jumps, covering them with their hands, and into the box. I try to collect brown and gray individuals of medium size - the most catchy, but when there is nothing to choose from, green ones will do.

Great bait and all kinds of flies

They can be obtained with the help of a suitable “fly swatter” - a folded newspaper, a dense rag, but it’s more reliable to prepare a trap right on the fishing ground and have a stock of live bait. In a glass three-liter jar or a plastic box with high walls I place the remains of food or a small fish cut into several parts. Flies are right there. When there is a sufficient amount in the jar, I cover it with a rare cloth and fill it with water to the very top through it. After a couple of minutes I collect wet flies, remove the wings, and into the box. An ordinary matchbox will also work as a box - I glue the retractable part with paper, leaving only a small hole in the corner. I open the box, a fly creeps out of the hole, take it and immediately close it so that other brothers do not run away. I put a fly on a small hook number 16, starting from the head, and I remove the sting from the back. Grasshopper bait on the contrary - first hook No. 12-14 I enter into the tail, pass prying through the belly, and bring out at the head. Summer fly fishing usually does not require bait.

How and where to catch

Most suitable for such fishing are places on the river, where the coastal shrub hangs low over the water. Quietly I walk between thickets with a fly-fishing rod, five meters long, a float of 1 g, I lift the weights to the keel itself, do a working descent about 1 m, and fly as a bait. I usually cast across the stream and then pull the float closer to the thicket, the wiring goes along the stream, every two to three seconds I twitch the tip of the rod briefly. I’m watching not a fly, but a float, and now it dives sharply - a chub of 500 grams sharply lacks the bait. Such fishing is very successful near the vegetation after heavy rain, due to which many different animals fall into the water, fish in such a period massively accumulate near the bushes. Good points for fishing and under trees hanging over the water, especially on the turns of small rivers. Ideally, if the pit is washed out of the tree, and the flow is slow, twists it with small whirlpools. When there is something to hide, then a five-meter flywheel is enough to successfully throw an insect to the fish. If the shore is naked like a falcon, I use a Bologna fishing rod with a reel, trying to throw it away and let the float wander through the maelstroms, periodically jerking the tip of the fishing rod. It happens that in such a hole a small bleak starts mercilessly tugging a fly. This does not mean that the place is filled only with annoying small things - large linen can stand in the same place, but at half-water. Therefore, I always try to put the weights back in place and, having set the descent about a meter, I catch the lower layer of water, on the hook is the same fly or its maggot - maggot.

Very exciting, it happens, fishing on high meadow shores during a strong wind

At this time, the fish is kept near the leeward shore, this is evident from the bursts - there are enough insects carried into the water by gusts of wind. Usually chubs, roaches, roaches, dacefishes are caught. I adapt to the terrain, try not to frighten off the prey, a drop of a meter or two and tall grass help mask. Easy gram equipment, weights at the float, grasshopper on the hook. The wind helps make castings, a light float quietly lays on the water, and an hour later the cage is full of large fir trees and good chubs. Since the fish need to be quickly raised to a high cliff, I use 0.14 mm without a leash as the main strong fishing line, which allows me to raise the fish up to 300 g without landing.

Floatless snap

It happens that the fish are cautious, it feels like they are afraid of a float, especially a large roach is characteristic of this. When the wind rises strong, the non-melting equipment helps out. I make the fishing line equal to the length of the rod, at the end of the hook. Without any float and pellets, a fly or a grasshopper carried away by the wind flies perfectly. With strong gusts, you don’t even need to wave the fishing rod - just feed it forward, the wind itself picks up the bait and carries it, and it very softly lays on the water. Bites feel very good with the fingers. The problem is only with the “reverse”, when you need to reset - weightless equipment does not want to return against the wind, you have to tilt the fishing rod strongly from the shore, almost put it on it.

Often, great places happen by chance - a surprise to the fish and the fisherman

I remember feeding and drove the bobber into the wiring from a low bridge, thrown over a small river. Depth is about one and a half meters. At the very least, small roach took from the bottom to the pearl barley and maggot. Toward dinner by the bridge, they began to carry hay on carts, its small pieces fell into the water and were carried away by the stream - the fish immediately began to fuss on top. Seeing this, I immediately increase the working descent to 2 m, shift all weights to the float, hook onto the grasshopper's hook. I release the snap, slowing it down slightly, trying to keep the bait downstream of the float so that the fish does not get scared. As a result, we managed to take two dozen reputable carpenters, who took almost on top. Biting stopped ten minutes after the villagers stopped hauling hay.

Watering cows - another reason to try to catch in the lining

I tried to catch in the wade among the cows - only one small thing sat down, but 10-15 m downstream I took a good roach and chubs to fly. By the way, the chub on the grasshopper often comes in the summer on overgrown old ladies when fishing on top. One day in July, after a morning lack of bite on the river, I switched to a small old man, where I took perch on a fishing rod, about fifteen meters from the shore, off an island of water lilies, for a match fishing rod. For dinner, some solid fish began to pick up from the surface of the water of falling insects. Caught a few grasshoppers. I try to catch on top. Gruziki moved to the float, I throw it at its perch place, I drag it very slowly towards myself - bite, there is a small chub! I cling to a fresh grasshopper, I throw it, but no one responds to suspenders. Again casting, I give the blacksmith calmly to lie on the water, after about five minutes the bait disappears in the funnel, a good fish is felt on the tackle, but after a stubborn struggle it goes off! Obviously a big chub! It seems like a river fish, loves the flow, and for some reason “grazes” in the summer in the grass, stagnant water.

I tried to catch lobasty and in the wilderness on the rifts

On sandy and grassy rifts there was no success, but on stony things are much more fun. Even with a 6 m fly-fishing rod, it was possible to get close to a fish that betrayed itself by bursts. You will approach the casting distance, and you won’t immediately take it, it’s obvious that you’re on guard. And I stood motionless for literally a few minutes, and the chub was already boldly splashing alongside, biting at the grasshopper. In order to better disguise, I put on light clothing that merges with the sky. Zabrodka is a good opportunity to catch large fish short, because a grasshopper with long power casts often flies off the hook. One experienced angler advised me to “bathe” the bait in a nitro-varnish (highly diluted with solvent). I tried this method: I dunk a grasshopper baited on a hook in varnish, dry it for a minute, then repeat the procedure again. After such manipulations, the grasshopper withstands the most powerful and distant cast. But still I had to abandon this method - bites an order of magnitude less. This is not surprising, because the smell remains, in addition, the insect should sort out its legs, move its antennae, these movements, in the first place, attract fish. Although in some cases a varnished grasshopper can help out a lot, for example, when fishing in a strong current, with a lot of activity of the fish, when it does not particularly sniff at swimming bait, the main thing for it is to get ahead of relatives and grab the insect first.

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