The mouse pattern was my fly of choice for the
Kanektok Rainbow. I know I could have probably hooked and landed
more using a flesh/egg pattern, but there is nothing like the
take you get when using a mouse.
After the cast toward structure, you want the
mouse to "swim" - not too fast, not too slow. A small
wake behind the mouse is perfect. Sometimes a little pop will
help. It's a lot like fishing poppers to bass, only not too
much pop - more swim with a little pop added for emphasis...
then get ready.
You are never sure what kind of take you will
get - they come in all flavors. There is the dunk and grab.
Here the trout comes up and appears to grab the tail and dunk
it, The mouse pops back up with the trout waiting underneath
for the mouse to struggle - then it attacks!! It is not unusual
for the mouse to travel 10 feet or more after the initial grab
before it really takes it.
Then there is the "Jaws" take. You
see the wake coming - sometimes see a fin. Then it just devours
Many times it is more subtle - a more common
top water strike. Here the trout takes the mouse in and heads
back down. The angler with patience and nerves of steel has
the best chance here. You wait for a count of one - two - three
then strike as hard as you can - the harder the better. If you
don't stick these trout with all your might, they won't stay
on long. Even if you do, there is no guarantee it will not come