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3. If what you're using isn't working, change what you're using: This rule is an absolute no-brainer, but is broken by more fishers than any other rule. We all, including myself, have favorite patterns or lures, and when they do not work, we are hesitant to change. It worked last time or last week or even five minutes ago, why not now. The fish do not care what used to work, they only care about what they want now. Try to find out what it is. Maybe the hatch has changed and they are targeting something new. Maybe the daylight conditions or even the weather has changed. Whatever the reason, be ready to stop using what is not now working and try something new. Changing flies can mean the difference from an unsuccessful fishing day to a successful fishing day.
   The other side of this rule is, if someone else is catching fish, find out what they are using. Sometimes a dry fly is not drawing strikes, but a well presented chironomid is. If the successful fisher is catching, ask them what they are using. If they refuse to tell you,make a nuisance of yourself until they do or just hang out until you can figure it out.
4. It is persistence, not patience that catches fish: Patience is over rated as a virtue when fishing is involved. Patience can mean doing the same wrong thing in the same wrong place all day while the fish, not rewarding your patience, bite someone else's offering. Persistence will help you catch fish because a persistent fisher will change flies, change presentation and even change locations until the correct depth or method of delivery is discovered. Sometimes the correct presentation, location or lure will make a slow day a day to remember. Change until you either run out of ideas, materials or patience, then change one more time. You may be the one others will try to emulate.
5. Keep it all in perspective: Fly fishing, more than any other type of fishing, is beauty and art in itself. The act of presenting the fly in a proper manner can be almost as satisfying (but not quite) as actually hooking and landing a fish. When you actually begin to learn how to cast, how to get your fly to lie on the water in a natural manner, see the dimple of a fish striking at your presentation, then you begin to learn to appreciate the art of the sport. Of course I love catching fish and that is why I go. I also love to watch the action of the fly knowing I have done my best to properly present it to a potential taker. I still remember my first caught trout and still feel the pride of catching a fish on a fly I tied myself. Enjoy the day, the weather, the company and the shear beauty of the experience. then, and only then, can you call yourself a true fly fisher. Do not allow yourself to become so self assured that you look down upon others who may not be performing to your standards or you will draw my ire and distain. Instead, learn to appreciate everything around you. Fishing is a sport that too few people can really enjoy to the maximum, so try to share what you know with others.
   Take a young person fishing and enjoy the wonder and excitement they feel just being out with you. Enjoy the experience! I truly believe that a day spent fishing is added to your life span and it is always better than a day spent working.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 08:32

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