When I started fishing with a fly, it was a dry.
As far as I was concerned, it was dry-fly or the highway….I knew the Brit’s had it right, up-stream presentations…
Found it to be fascinating and beautiful and worth many years of practice.
Something about a cast rolling out in the air, pausing, and then falling lightly to the water.
Drifting a fly so stealthily, that a fish can’t help but rise to it.
I always hold my breath, actually….I’m just forgetting to breath before they take.
How could this ever get old…..?
Well…. Forty years total casting time, Twenty plus years of fishing the Truckee, along with over Ten years guiding the T. Yep, that’ll do it.
Didn’t want you to think I’d gone heretical, or lost the joy….
But after a while, it begins to occur to a fisherman, that there are many ways to skin a cat….
So, when you reach the point, that you wonder about other approaches, you have reached a natural turning point in your learning. Not,…..that you’ve gone over to the dark side.
My focus is offering their favorite foods in the part of the water column where they want to see them.
Contrary to popular opinion, sometimes it’s down below….(Especially on the Truckee..)
But however you enjoy fishing, just keep at it!
Not to further alienate anyone, but you don’t want to hop up on a rock, and cast like Brad either…..
You’ll just spook fish….
Beautiful, is not always effective…..