Critters are acting like Fall

The Geese are beginning to think about getting the flock out…..you can hear it in the tone of their calls. Saw a group of ten female Mergansers hoovering small fish as they do just before heading down to winter grounds. Mornings are gorgeous! Get up and get going before the sun clears the ridge. My advise is to rig what you can the night before. Nice not to tie knots before the coffee kicks in…..Flows are below 100cfs in town, and still warm. Flows are near 500cfs down in the canyon, and fish-able. I didn’t have anything to do yesterday, so I did continuing education instead. Watched thirty fishers roll out and fish ineffectually, as usual. They all used the same highway pull-out and didn’t walk far (20yards). Then they flogged the water with 100-200 drifts standing in the same place. They didn’t check what’s on the menu, they fished their lucky favorite fly. Did I mention the water was knee deep and very clear, and that they walked right up to the water with the rod sticking out over the water…..If there was a fish in the area before, there wasn’t one hanging around after their arrival. Since they were fishing behind a dozen others, success was unlikely to begin with. Generally I try to keep the fish relaxed to catch them. Standing over them, waving a rod around isn’t going to help you meet sizable fish, or any……Doesn’t help to pay serious money for fishing gear, and then fish like the other guy. My opinion is you can’t learn to fish while fishing…..spend some time watching how the other guys do it…..then don’t do any of that. We are all inclined to be Universal fishers….but some of us are aware of it. If you want to raise your game to A level, give a me a call!!!! I have a forty step program to help you give up bumbling and put fear into the hearts of fish. My goal is to make one cast, one drift, and catch one fish……what’s yours ????

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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