As a kid, I was told, that sea run browns don’t feed when they enter the freshwater from the salt. That sentence was all too common, and it made a huge impact in my, and most other anglers, way to make strategies when targeting the sea runners.
But as a young man, I read a book that changed that perspective. It was not a book about strategy or methods, but mostly about nature and being out there. The book contained a chapter about sea runners on a dry fly in Norway, and from there, there was no way back for me!
Somehow, I forgot about the book and pursued the sea runners more conventional – With a big tube fly in the darkest night.
9 years ago I changed that strategy radically, and today my only method is by fishing a dry fly when targeting these sea runners in freshwater.
I find it so exciting, and I’m truly addicted!
The first two years were dedicated to classic dry flies, but for the last seven years, I’ve mainly used patterns containing foam. Mainly due to the float ability.
The tactic, most of the time, is to cast upstream on holding spots – blind fishing. But some days, when the hatch is on, you get the chance of doing traditional imitation fishing.
I vary from dead drift to stripping the fly, and most of the flies are size 8 or even larger.
My favorite weapon of choice is a 9 foot 5 weight, mounted with a short belly line and a 12 feet leader.
I vary between hook flies and tube flies and find no specific difference in the sea runners interest regarding that.
Be aware.. once you have seen a 10 pounder rise to your dry, there’s no way back!
Article by Peter Christensen, a fly fishing guide in Norway. Check out his adventures at @redtag13.