I use my own pattern that I cam up with (Flat Black), a large maraboo leach would probably work just as well. It's a game of patience & skill. Get the right gear; 9 or 10wt rod, and a large reel for lots of backing. The hard part is keeping the fly in their zone, keep it there and you will catch them. Don't get dicouraged when you get one it will be worth the wait. You know you have a prize when you go to tail the fish and you can't lift it.
Newsman said it best. I got my first springs on the fly last year. I got most of my success on big leeches. Like newsman said its all about getting the fly in the zone. I noticed that the springs are not too fussy about the fly itself.
You could also try and get into the right zone by weighing your fly. It's not ideal, but you can certainly swing a heavily weighted fly along the current seam where springs like to hang out in rivers. Use the appropriate length leader and adjust the weight needed by adding split shot if you have to. An 8wt rod would be minimum to target springs and large chums, IMO.
so wrap the body in lead wire and brass eyes is what ur sugesting(hope i dont get that thing in the back of the head!) Steelhead on little creeks and coho in small rivers have been my quary with my 6wt so far, so casting monster bulky flies is gonna be a challenge!
Whites are by far easier to catch than Reds. Has to do with the freshet. Nicola Springs are easier than Thompsons; remember both are C & R exept for that small slot by the Bridge in early August. I usually target the Whites in the Fraser tribs, Oct through Nov, with a single hand 9wt (I have a spey but don't like it). I like to sight fish (I hate fishing blind) so I spend allot of time stalking.
Here's the tricks
Get away from the crouds
Keep the noise to an absolute minimum
Work on accuracy not distance
When you spot a fish, work from behind a stump or bush or at least from behind the fish. (after I spot a fish where possible I creep up to a waist to chest high bush or shrub within casting distance and try to keep my arms as low as possible).
Think like a Heron, be observent,and move only when necessary.
I learned a long time ago that on over cast days and when not spooked, Springs stay closes to shore. I have had them swim by me in water as shallow as three feet and gin clear.
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