Years ago when I was guiding for king on the Gulkana I ran across a guy fly fishing for reds. I took a few moments out of my duties to watch the show he put on. After watching him pull in about his 8th fish in 30 minutes I had to inquire. He told me that reds not eating after entering freshwater was a common misconception. He went on to explain that reds were just lazy when it came to eating and that they would readily take nymphs and such that passed them in the current. Now I wouldn't have beleived such a story if I hadn't seen his success. There was no ripping just simple wet fly fishing. Needing to get back to my clients I never got a good look at the pattern he was using. It was some sort of a green nymph though.
Has any one else expeirenced this and if so any suggestions for a pattern. If this is some well kept secret please PM me. I would love to have some success with fooling the red runs here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.