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Here Are the Fishing Tips:
Archive #11. January 2005.
Clean it out.
Clean all the junk out of your fly fishing vest. I have said this
before and I am saying it again. If you know where your terminal
tackle is you will get more fish. You will spend less time faffing
about looking for stuff, and more time fishing.
Stick with the basics.
Some of the best fly fishermen I know carry one or two small boxes
of flies with them on the river. Most of them use a floating line
for much of their fishing, and they keep their "on the river
tackle" to a minimum. They catch fish because they fish the
heck out of the flies they take, and they spend time to work on
retrieving the fly or manipulating the fly line during "the
drift." Far too often fly fishermen (from novice to expert
and guru) get caught up in the need for new patterns, rather than
working to death traditional flies. Yes, new patterns will produce
fish, but you are never really sure if those results are a flash
in the pan. I have watched fly fishermen switch flies after two
or three drifts, because they are not getting hits. Heck, it takes
me about two dozen drifts, with the same fly, just to figure out
how the currents are working, and how my fly is fishing. After about
three or four dozen drifts, I am just getting a feel for what is
happening. In essence, your first two hours on the river are your
"warm up," or they should be!
F is for F-Fly.
Every fly fisherman owes Marjan Fratnik a huge debt of thanks. In
Slovenia in 1977, Marjan developed a pattern which we now know as
the F-Fly. He took an existing pattern called the Entenpurzel (created
by Swiss fly tyer Jules Rindlisbacher) and made the pattern a much
"simpler tie." By 1983 or there about, Marjan had reduced
the fly to a wing of cul de canard with a thread body. Two decades
later, this pattern has become a modern day classic. Sadly, there
are now hundreds of variations of the F-Fly, but the version Marjan
developed (the thread body with the cul de canard wing) is by far
the most productive. If you are going to fish for trout in 2005,
you need to have some F-Flies in your box. You can fish them as
a dry, as an emerger or even as a "stillborn" in the surface.
An F-Fly will work in a caddis hatch or even in a mayfly hatch.
You must have a few of these in your box. Note: The biggest error
most folk make when they tie and F-Fly is that the body is too thick
or too fat.
G is for Good Grief, or Get a Grip.
There is no getting away from it. There is a whack of fly fishing
information out there. The trick is to try and filter out the credible
information from the not so credible stuff. Keep in mind that before
the Internet was developed, and before the space age fly tying materials
hit the fly fishing market place, fly fishermen were getting fish
on patterns like the Pheasant Tail Nymph and the Hare's Ear Nymph.
Also, remember that trout have an IQ of 3 and carp have an IQ of
6, so you are not matching wits when you go fishing. Read most of
the fly fishing self help information with an open mind and a large
pinch of salt.
Take a Trip.
This advice is a bit odd, but it works. Take a one or two day trip
and hire two local guides to fish the same stretch of water for
half a day each with you. Chances are you will be amazed at the
differences in how the guides look at the river, how they fish it,
what flies they use and how they select which flies they use. If
you want to expand your fly fishing horizons, this is a great tip.
It works. I have done this several times, and each time I do it,
I always take away a few good fishing tips or I learn to look at
fly fishing a wee bit differently than I did before. Travel in the
US is so inexpensive, that if you live in the US, you should be
taking two short fly fishing junkets this year. I kid you not, it
will pay off in spades for you.
In the spring and in the fall when the water is high, you need larger
sizes of flies than you would use in the summer during low water
conditions. So, in February, when you are tying up Hare's Ear Nymphs,
or any other pattern, try this and it will save you a bunch of time.
Start out by tying the pattern in a larger size, then keep tying
them by the dozen down to the smaller sizes. At the end of a week,
you will have a full selection of sizes for use all year long. Too
many tyers will sit down and produce the flies they need for their
next trip, without looking ahead. You have the materials right there
in front of you, so you should take the opportunity to tie up the
different sizes you will need, and then you are done with it for
Check the best before date on your bottle of sun block. Some brands
have a very short shelf life, and once they have expired they offer
little or no protection from the sun.
Make a List.
With some things change is often hard to measure, and fly fishing
is one of those things. Just when you think you have it figured
out, your next three trips produce a total of two small fish, and
you are almost right back to where you started. Start by getting
a bit of paper or an old business card, and write on it three things
you would like to do so that you will become a better fisherman.
To start out try these three:
1. Sharpen my fly after every snag.
2. Reduce my false casting.
3. Take the time to watch the river.
Now take the bit of paper to a print shop and ask them to laminate
it for you. Take the laminated paper and attach it to the front
of your fishing vest. Once you have turned these three things into
an every day habit, then move on to another three. Oh by the way,
it should take you about a season to adopt these three things into
your fly fishing.