Well of course I don't always catch fish. If I did... that wouldn't be much of a challenge now would it ? Olive B is correct. We all started somewhere and it takes time and experience ... so you'll get there. I could tell some of the members of the fly club that had the outing at the lake were not very experienced at stillwaters. One of the guys I gave a pattern to was using a floating line... I don't think he had any sinking lines. We convinced him it might be a good idea to add split-shot. Which he did. That and the fact that the pattern I gave him had a bead head helped him get down to the feeding zone so he started catching trout.