How to fish? part 3. (End of rant…)

I know very few people who can fish from dark to dark in Summer (More than twelve hours.).
You’ve got to be in training for this….
If you can, here is how a day might work out….
Just before dawn, the big fish that hunt at night, are still prowling for a last minute snack before the shift change.
It’s a good time to swing a streamer.
As the sun comes over the ridge, air temps warm and bugs start to hatch.
Slowly at first, then building….This is when I’d switch to a dry fly approach for best results.
As the day heats up, fewer bugs hatch, then we have the high noon doldrums.
This is the best time to change to a bobber… or high stick a streamer..they don’t feel great about exposing themselves to Osprey etc…
The high-noon light penetrates deep into the water column, so they find some shade under a rock.
Carry on bobbering, or fish a drowned dry…until you begin to see a few bugs starting to do the evening hatch….
An emerger, or dry on top is once again a good bet…
As it gets too dark to see your fly, it’s a good time to go with a streamer again.
Fish anyway you prefer, but be aware that some techniques are more productive at times, than others.
You can’t say fishing is tough if you don’t listen to behaviors of your quarry.
The guys that roll out at noon, and fish a dry to fish that hunkered down for the day, are forcing the process.
Sometimes forcing the process is fun….the only way I’m aware of this fishy flow, is by forcing it myself…
for more years than I care to admit…call it the leg-work of a guide (Or market research.).
As a guide I want to see people have fun, and have some success in their fishing.
That is why I’m sharing the info with folks, not because I care which approach you choose, just so you know options are there….Now, go get’em.

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About Bigflyguideservice

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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