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    This is more for the Cape Stream fly fishers.
    The last couple of times, I have been on the streams, in the slower water, I found the fish very active, but could not see the flies. Eventually I have found tiny, or rather call them Micro flies on the river.
    At times I could not even "spot" the flies, and only after using a a fine net, I could see the micro flies,
    Have any of the other Cape guys had the same experience, with these very small dry flies?
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    Yes, at this time of the year, in the warmer months, and when the flows are running low, there is a very small beetle that sometimes show itself. If you take a white handkerchief and skim the water, you will see them as tiny black dots. they can be very frustrating when try to fish when the trout are feeding on them. I had it a couple of weeks ago. fish rising , but difficult to catch. I eventually gave up on my attempts to get them on the surface, and went back to nymphing the deeper runs and riffles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    This is more for the Cape Stream fly fishers.
    The last couple of times, I have been on the streams, in the slower water, I found the fish very active, but could not see the flies. Eventually I have found tiny, or rather call them Micro flies on the river.
    At times I could not even "spot" the flies, and only after using a a fine net, I could see the micro flies,
    Have any of the other Cape guys had the same experience, with these very small dry flies?
    We need Tim R to get involved. Last I saw he has some great micro patterns.
    Check out some of my FF pics - http://www.flickr.com/photos/30562135@N07/

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    What was very interesting, the one time, there were a couple of fish in the pool and at times, some of the fish, were almost racing each other, to these micro flies.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
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    Its not possible to tie anything small enough to match these. The ones Korries talking about are about the size of a pin head.
    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    We need Tim R to get involved. Last I saw he has some great micro patterns.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Mostly these tiny hooks are not always available. Many moons ago when I still fished a lot and tried a couple of weird things, I tied a double fly on a #20 hook, and it worked really well actually. But, like most things i just forgot to ever do it again
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Mostly these tiny hooks are not always available. Many moons ago when I still fished a lot and tried a couple of weird things, I tied a double fly on a #20 hook, and it worked really well actually. But, like most things i just forgot to ever do it again
    Thats seriously impressive, I think the smallest I have gone is 19, and that was for Darryl's Hi-Vis midge, which is a piece of cake to tie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Its not possible to tie anything small enough to match these. The ones Korries talking about are about the size of a pin head.
    Between a size of pin head and a size of a fat flea, that you will find on a dog,
    It is almost if the trout go on feeding frenzy, like game fish in a bait ball.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    Thats seriously impressive, I think the smallest I have gone is 19, and that was for Darryl's Hi-Vis midge, which is a piece of cake to tie
    Tiny blob of dubbing with hackle both sides, bit bare shank in the middle Jade - a real no brainer fly
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    Size #24 - #32 parachutes work well but when they are being really selective I find Catskill style dries in small sizes to be more effective. I think this is due to the fact that the very small flies struggle to pierce the surface film so a Catskill style dry is a better imitation.
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