Trout Talk Archive Feb 17, 2017 | Resources, Trout Talk | 2 comments We created a folder out on Google Drive to house all of our old Trout Talk files. Click the link below to view the archive. Go to Trout Talk Archive 2 Comments Bill Sheehan on December 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm For Tom Lager: I’m a former FVTU member. I just saw the latest Trout Talk referencing daphnia and methods to fish them. I now live in Montana, and I have witnessed Missouri River tailwater trout feeding on daphnia. I’ve been experimenting with daphnia flies, but any hooks size dwarfs a correctly sized imitation. I then tried several dots of UV resin on a 6X tippet tied to a bare hook. but then the light bulb went off. I now use the smallest glass bead I could find, about 2mm (5/64″) pinned on the tippet with the tip of a toothpick painted black to match the inside gut of our local daphnia. This is similar to the glass bead eggs used by Alaskan fly fishers for roe eating rainbows. I know this is a much less elegant solution than a fly tied of natural materials, but it’s easy to make and use. I tie tippet to the bend of a dry fly and pin a couple beads about 4″ above a size 18 or 20 bare hook. Actually, after using a bare hook to establish that the fish were indeed targeting the water flea imitation, I switched to a small zebra midge for the trailer, thus giving me three chances to a catch the fish. The dry fly drifts with the current suspending the trailer at the correct height. This setup works the best mornings and evenings when the daphnia are within a few feet of the surface. I also use thorns when I find the correct colored ones streamside. I harvest a bunch whenever I find them..they fit the beads better than toothpicks! Hope this helps with your fishing endevours. Reply Brandon Schmalz on December 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm Thanks Bill, I passed this message along to Tom. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.