A beautiful week….

Slightly cooler…
Still warm mid-day, but mornings and evenings are nice.
Lower temps at night have lowered the surface temp on Tahoe.
Fishing has picked up a bit.
Flows still up near town 350 cfs or so…
Green /clear and 62 at dawn.
Clients turned several nice fish this week…..
Hard to land fishes are our specialty.
It’s fun as a guide, to see all the different tricks the fish use.
But of course, it breaks my heart to see them get away accidentally.
I start talking to clients, about how to land them, while still getting suited up.
Discussions on walking with them, down-stream.
Set angles, and tricks to reduce escape.
Even playing the game, “I’m a fish”, where I run with the fly tied to their line……
Mostly for naught.
When the moment comes, it will be “muscle memory”, more than likely.
Often I suggest rehearsing in your mind, what to do, as soon as you see you have a drift.
Because, once it’s game-on, ears seal shut, eyes are on the fish.
I might be giving helpful advice, but mostly it doesn’t process in the moment of stress.
This is what leads to “the short meeting with Walter”…..
Beginners have a remote chance of landing big ones.
Even experienced fishers, lose fish regularly here.
To me, there are four stages to this.
The cast, the drift, the set, and the closing act….
Each takes a while to master.
But you can’t practice the last part…till you get one on.
And, how many big ones can you hook in a season?
This final stage of fly angling takes the longest to perfect.
Don’t give up though….just keep at it…there’s a big one over by that rock……………

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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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