I have had a thought in my head for awhile now about theories and lake fishing! Fishing almost all lakes for the last two years I have had to come up with many new theories - different from rivers maybe this is why I love the lake game so much now is the fact that everything is a new challenge! In rivers we have back eddies, riffles, chops, runs, tail -outs, and the such. now in lakes it's a flat non moving piece of water that can be huge and show nothing to the eye as far as where the fish might be holding or living until we "learn" how to read "lakes" this for me has taken many "theories" to have to test and learn from catching fish and not catching fish. I am going to a lake this next week that I fished last spring and did very well at, but now where I fished is only about one foot deep and the creek channel I found large fish in is somewhat high and dry! so now before I even leave I have to come up with theories as to where the fish are and how they will be feeding beings the lake is down at least 10 feet from when I last fished it. I have found when fishing with some new fly fishers I fish with that they are always asking good questions and most times I come up with just "theories" not "fact" until proven! My favorite saying now days is "THAT'S MY THEORY AND I'M STICKING WITH IT UNTIL PROVEN WRONG" I have a friend that has fished the lake I'm am heading too the last few weeks, he calls and gives me reports then WE EXCHANGE THEORIES on why the fish are where they are at and what might be changed to do better. I guess what I need to ask is how much of your fishing is "THEORY" and how much is "FACT" because it seems ALOT of my fishing is done by theory FIRST which can be a guessing game! Another question would be is a person that is prone to "DREAMING" OR "FANTASY" be better at this "GAME" Maybe some of us can share some of our "theories" about lake fishing and compare thoughts because I have alot of them - I must be a dreamer or live in a fantasy world i guess! What do you think about theories? Knowing how much the fish loved my bloody Mary fly this spring my "THEORY" is that this new fly I tied up, a two toned black-n-red nymph will catch any fish that swims within 10 feet of it next week "THAT'S MY THEORY AND I'M STICKING WITH IT UNTIL PROVEN WRONG"