By Sam Larson
It's a great feeling to figure out the water. You can focus on fishing and stop beating your head against the water and swearing at the fish, the wind, and your buddies that are catching while you're just tossing line around. This weekend it was WD-50s in tan and gray that were working like a charm. I had good luck in the beaver ponds in Rocky Mountain National Park by fishing them slow on the surface, or skittering them on the surface like the naturals that the brookies were chasing. I tend to treat my WD-50s with floatant on the thorax and wing, but not the tail, so that they tip down into the film like an emerger.
I am a huge fan of the videos at In the Riffle and their instructions for the WD-50 are just as great as anything else they do. The only difference in mine is that I don’t tie in a flashback wing case. I don’t tie a lot of different nymphs but the WD-50 has proven itself to be a keeper.