Little tricks to the trade??

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Eric Denny, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. onefish

    onefish New Member

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    Use a stripping basket
    Don't cheap out on hooks and tippet material
    Keep your hook sharp at all times
    And I second the "Go and make a report" and "listen more than you talk"
    And from an oldtimer buddy of mine "The best time to go fishing is anytime you can"
    And his other saying
    On a big run the fish come early, there are lots of them and they stay late
    On a small run the fish come late, there are not that many and they are gone early.
     
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  2. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    You are 2% ahead of me and most others.
     
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  3. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    One of the things I had to relearn when I started shooting seriously with a digital camera was to slow down. Digital systems are so much easier to shoot than their old film counter parts. With auto focus, auto ISO, aperture priority, shutter priority etc, and with the ability to "spray and pray" without the cost of film, I wasn't taking the time to setup and think about the shot. I was missing the fine details and not really seeing the light. Composition was sloppy. All of which contributed to my "keeper" rate being significantly lower and reducing the sense of accomplishment when I did make that one good shot. This translates to fishing also. Slow down, read the water, try to figure out where the fish might be. Look for the structure that might hold a fish. Look at the surface; is it rippled or calm, flat and easy for predators to see through? Check out the position of the sun and how it shines into the water. While slowing down and looking at your surroundings you will start to enjoy the day and the real reason you are out there. It isn't all about catching fish. Slow down, enjoy it more and perhaps catch more fish.
     
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  4. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    In between the BS there are some pretty good ideas here.
    So that is my first pointer "listen a lot and sort through the crap and keep what is worthwhile, toss the rest".
    #2 Practice casting but don't over do trying to cast for distance. Practice curve casts, reach casts, wiggle casts, dump casts and cast for accuracy those are the things that will really pay off on the river.
    jesse
     
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  5. Matthew LeBret

    Matthew LeBret Active Member

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    Even if you have a sh!tty cast still let it drift *Unless there is a leaf on the hook*
    In small river/stream tout fishing I have made it my goal not to get to the water walking up like a cave man
     
  6. Tim Lockhart

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    Photos and fish handling: Upon landing a fish begin holding your breath. Safely release the fish before exhaling and taking another breath.
     
  7. Karry

    Karry Lost in Nontana

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    After a bad day fishing read a Patrick F. McManus story or 2 and you will feel a lot better and smarter. I recommend starting with the book Never Sniff a Gift Fish.
     
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  8. Trapper

    Trapper Author, Writer, Photographer

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    There's some funny stuff here. I'll add a few.

    -- If you want to know how fast to move while wade fishing, watch a heron.
    -- It's damn near impossible to catch spooked trout.
    -- Trout, aka a brain stem with fins, don't know if a baetis has 2 tails or three.
    -- If you ever fish with me, know that I'll only wait for you one time if you're late.
    -- Flies you see in shops are made to catch fishermen.
    -- How the fly in your hand looks to you isn't nearly as important than how it looks to a trout in the water.
    -- When you grab a whitefish in your net and his alligator death rolls spin the dropper fly and embed it in your wrist deeper and deeper with each roll, feel free to curse like a wounded pirate.

    Trapper
     
  9. g_smolt

    g_smolt Recreational User

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    Never forget the babywipes.
     
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
     
  11. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    When matching the hatch: Size, color, silhouette, and in that order. Do this especially when fishing midges.
     
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