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No doubt about it, this style of fishing is catching on. In October
of 2006 I had the great pleasure to fish with Mr. Charles Jardine,
on the White River in Arkansas. Not only is Mr. Jardine a well respected
angling authority and artist, but the man can fish. While he is
well known across Europe for his wet-fly techniques what most anglers
do not know is that his Czech Nymphing is nothing short of astounding.
I picked up a whack of pointers from watching him, the biggest of
which is that you need to get the flies to the bottom as quickly
as you can. A heavy point fly is a must. Tungsten beads and several
wraps of lead on the underbody will help to get the flies down quickly.
The faster you can get them down, the more fish you will catch.
It's that simple.
Swing Baby Swing
If you are fishing a subsurface pattern like a nymph or a streamer,
let it "go Saddam," i.e. hang, at the end of the drift.
I've watch countless fly fishermen work like the dickens to get
the perfect drift but when they get to the end of the drift, they
haul the fly out the water like a Humpback whale coming up for air.
No, no, no. At the end of the drift, let the fly hang and swing
in the current for a few seconds and you will get more fish.
Clean It Up:
Those of you who have been around kids will know this scenario quite
well. You ask the munchkin to clean up something and they reply
by saying, "I didn't make the mess so why do I have to clean
it up?" Years later, many years later, it would appear that
this attitude still prevails within the angling community. Most
fly fishermen support conservation by attending fundraising banquets,
by purchasing raffle tickets to win something-or-other and by actually
getting into the river when clean-ups are required. Hey, what's
more fun than standing in a river with a chain saw. However, it
amazes me that each time I take a trip to a river I continually
have to pick up empty pop cans, monofilament and discarded packets
of tippet material. Yeah, tippet material. You would think that
... never mind. Hey, try this will you. Take a plastic garbage bag
and stick it into the back pocket of your vest. At the end of the
day on your walk back out the car, if you see some trash, just pick
the stuff up. It will take you a few minutes, which is about the
same amount of time you will spend waiting for a bucket of chicken
in the drive thru on your way home. If other anglers see you making
the effort, maybe, just maybe, they will catch on. Then again, they
are probably too busy adjusting their bobber (see below) to take
any notice. Picking up one empty tippet spool, one beer bottle or
one chunk of discarded monofilament dose make a difference. Don't
be shy. Just go for it.
Fly Tying Tips
Here are a few tips which will reduce the amount of time you spend
sitting at your vice.
1. Buy your flies.
(Sorry, that was just too easy.)
I had a chap out on the river who makes a living by going into offices
or homes and showing folk that by removing clutter, and by putting
things away in the right place, they will save time and be more
productive. He said to me that if it takes you more than a minute
to find something, it's in the wrong place." So, I decided
to clean up my fly tying bench. He was right. It took about a week
for me to actually get into the rhythm of knowing where I had put
stuff, and I had to fine tune the system, but I must say it's a
vast improvement over what I had been doing. He told me that most
folk do not put things away because they are just a bunch of lazy
sods. No, what he actually said was that they don't put things away,
because they have a fear of not being able to find them again. I
guess that's why my beloved Maple leafs don't score too many goals.
They are afraid that if they put the puck in behind the goalkeeper
into the net, they may not be able to find it again.
Buy A Hook Sharpener
Now I know I am starting to sound like a broken record here, but
there are still far too many anglers out there who do not use a
hook sharpener. It's frightening. You need a hook sharpener, and
you need to use it on every fly you use. The biggest error most
fly fishermen make is that they fish with a dull hook. I use one
of those Ez-Lap sharpeners. They do a great job. Pick one up, use
it and you will land more fish. Actually, you may want to pick up
two, so that if one happens to go "pop" when you drop
it in the river, you have a back up with you. I have yet to find
a hook sharpener which will float.
Mix-up Your Retrieve
Most anglers are just so gosh-darn-happy that they managed to get
the fly out to where they wanted it to go, they neglect to actually
fish the fly. If you vary the retrieve, you have a much better chance
of catching fish, because you may manage to manipulate the fly in
a manner the fish finds appealing.
Mix-up Your Patterns
Most anglers are just so gosh-darn-happy that they managed to hook
a fish, they continue to stick with that pattern all season long.
Just because a pattern worked last Wednesday, it does not mean that
it will work again next Wednesday. Be prepared to mix things up.
Be prepared to take off a productive fly and for at least an hour,
try something different. Sometimes this won't work out all that
well, but sometimes you will be surprised at what happens. Even
if fish are popping off dry flies, you need to remember that for
the other 90% of the time when they are feeding, they will be munching
down on subsurface snackies. Last year on the Grand River several
folk hit very big brown trout on deerhair mice patterns tied on
size #1/0 hooks. What's new about that? Well they were fishing on
bright sunny days during the afternoon. Who knew?
Cast Away Thy Bobber
Bobbers, more commonly known as strike indicators, will dumb-down
your fly fishing skills very, very quickly. If your idea of a day
on the river fly fishing is chucking out a size #10 Hare's Ear Nymph
about 6 feet below a bobber ... great. However, if you make 2007
"Bobber Free," by the end of it you will have markedly
improved your angling skills. Here's why. One of the common threads
I have seen in "skilled" fly fishermen is their ability
to change their flies and adapt their fishing techniques to changes
in conditions they are faced with. These folk have the knack of
switching things around to produce fish. It's not often I hear them
saying, "Well the fish will be all over streamers to day."
What they do say is more along the lines of, "Usually on a
day like this, streamers will produce, so I'll start with those
and then I'll change up." There is a huge difference in these
statements and a huge difference in their approach to fishing.