One overlooked facet of mastery level performance in any activity, are mistakes…..
Thousands of them in a long career.
There is no way around it, we need to make mistakes, to learn.
Especially when fishing.
I hesitate to list them all, so as not to spook a beginner that may be reading this….
But how does someone learn that falling temps on an easterly breeze may put the brakes on good fishing?
By going fishing, when fishing isn’t good….
You learn to check for nicks on your leader, by breaking off that really nice fish you found….
Or the discovery that shore rocks, freshly melted from snow, may be unstable….
Like yesterday, when I fell and nearly broke my neck, and my fly rod.
The list of possibilities for mistakes is almost endless, but don’t let it put you off….
One would think that if you master all the mistakes possible, you master this sport.
Not true, there is always the chance you could invent a totally new mistake.
At least new to you…

Fishing looks to be good this week.
The river is a little low near town….
But we have been catching fish in very skinny water.
I think they enjoy sunning themselves in the shallows.
A degree or two is a big deal for them.
At this point in the winter, I know how they feel.
Aim for warm spells, the rising water temps turn them on….

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Full time fly fishing guide on the Truckee River and other California state waters. Smaller stream techniques as well as switch rod instruction. 40 years experience fly fishing. Catch and release only.
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