This winter I’ve tied more bugs than a handful of winters combined. With rivers frozen and snow falling my boxes are overflowing. Over the past few years I’ve resorted to pulling mostly giant bugs for trout because it was the trend, “everyone’s doing it”. During those times when things got slow (which wasn’t unusual) I’d find myself switching to a smaller fly, if you want to call a 4″ bug small. In doing so I found that it was more productive in a few ways. Not only did it increase the volume of fish it seemed it didn’t necessarily weed out big fish either. I understand the concept that giant fish eating giant things but they also consume normal meals in between gorging themselves. The jury is still out for me if giant bugs really are the key to unlocking giant fish. Here’s a few caught on “normal” size bugs.