Cross Leading Larger Flies // TJ Hooker Fly Review
February 23, 2021
Last week we reviewed "What Big River Trout Actually Eat" with a video featuring crawfish, stonefly nymphs, and sculpin. This week we want to teach you a really great way to imitate these critters that live on and near the bottom and show you a fly that can do it all!
Since these creatures swim and crawl over the bottom, we use a technique called "Cross Leading" to work your fly over the bottom. When trout see this action they attack! It's not a passive strike like dead drifting a nymph. Not all nymphs helplessly tumble downstream! Don't be afraid to work your fly laterally in the current and imitate a creature that proactively moves along the bottom.
- 11' 3 Weight Echo Shadow X Rod
- TJ Hooker Fly
- 5X SA Absolute Fluorocarbon Tippet
- RIO 1X Sighter Material (no strike indicator this is "direct line nymphing"