Fly fishing is a very complex activity.
I’m not referring to the Physics of a cast, or of a drift, or an understanding of entomology.
What fascinates me, is the human spin on Fly-fishing.
How, we decide on which part of this discipline to embrace.
Some go for dry-fly fishing as their personal crusade.
Eschewing all other styles…
A few pick up indicator fishing, knowing they will catch more fish.
(And they’re right…)
Even fewer numbers of people choose streamer fishing as their cause celeb.
When asked about how, or why they choose a particular activity, folks can get very defensive…
I too went through phases with all three types of fly fishing.
Not bound by fixation, (And schooled by the Truckee river.) I now fish the style most effective at any time.
Sure, I love to see fish rise to my dry, but if there are no fish rising, why bother fishing a dry?
Still, you see guys show up, bent on making them rise.
Counter productive, to catching fish..but don’t tell them…(Our current, high-flows and cold temps retard rises.)
The bobber fishing style is so repugnant to the dry guys, they totally sneer at the activity.
Obviously, it being a lower form….
The bobber guys laugh, and go catch fish…
They have taken to heart the knowledge, that fish feed 80% of the time sub-surface. (On the T maybe 90%.)
That means a dry fly fisherman is a twenty %er… bound to a moral code of mostly getting skunked.
Although they are quite proud of this.
In my experience…the guys fishing a bobber all the time, forget to practice throwing a dry.
They know there are fish rising, but they’d have to change their set-up, and that takes too long…
Besides, there are always more fish below, than above….
The streamer fisherman knows that little fish eat little bugs, and “real” fish chow the biggest thing they can get.
I fish this way often, and call it size selective fishing. (No worries about matching the bugs either…….)
A streamer as big as your hand, will not be eaten by a little fish.
(Although you will see them try from time to time.)
But when the water is at wintertime temps, good luck trying to get them to chase streamers.
To have game, we need to be able to change styles as conditions dictate.
This is the heart (and art) of fly fishing as I see it.
Cultivating different techniques makes you better able to fish successfully in changing conditions.
And since change is constant, it makes sense to learn all the styles, and practice them.
If you do, I guarantee you’ll catch more fish….
And, isn’t that the goal? Or is it…..?
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- October 2016
- July 2016
- June 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- December 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- September 2013
- August 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 2013
- April 2013
- March 2013
- February 2013
- January 2013
- December 2012
- November 2012
- October 2012
- September 2012
- August 2012
- July 2012
- June 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011