Some simple Cautions

by Fly Fisherman

A fisherman clothed in drab attire, silhouetted against a foliage or rock background, is practically camouflaged and, to a degree, invisible to the fish.
In the same “caution” category it may be well to warn against untoward movements, if wading a stream, that will create wavelets which may pass over your prospective fishing pocket. This unnatural condition could be the warning signal to your trout to watch out, there’s something in the offing that isn’t exactly a situation recommended by the trout’s safety council.

A trout that flashes to your fly and refuses to take it is aprospective fish in the creel. Something about your fly or something that flashed across his vision, has caused him to be leery. If you feel that it’s the latter cause continue your casting, carefully placing your fly in or just above the same spot. If you are of the opinion that his rejection has to do with the fly itself you might do what most veteran anglers do. Change the fly to one of a larger or smaller size in the same approximate pattern. If that doesn’t work offer your trout a distinctly contrasting fly. If you had been using a light-colored pattern change to a dark pattern or the reverse, but stay within the range of possible naturals.

On short rises when you have changed your fly to a pattern of a different size AND TYPE, hold off on your next cast for three or four minutes. Short rises arc generally an occasion when the “lie” in your fly has been spotted. Splash touches and investigating hits both indicate short rises. In neither case does the fish actually come into contact with the lure. Another reason for pausing for a few moments, at the time of a fly change, is that if the fly is too much contrast for them or instead of the one they naturally expect to see, it gives them a shock surprise. This may lead their instincts into suspicion or may start the “fear” chain reaction.

When you think its the time or occasion to change flies be certain in your mind that it’s the fly pattern that’s at fault. Many anglers spend too much time changing flies trying to find the “lucky” one that will be a killer, when actually the fisherman himself is the direct cause of lack of interest by the trout, and caused by unskillful or careless presentation of the fly.
If a trout actually strikes at your fly and hits short and refuses to rise again to the lure and if you feel that your presentation was satisfactory, another change, should you wish, is customarily the thing to do if you want that particular fish. If fishing dry change to a wet pattern, similar, of course; if fishing wet, at the time, change to a floating pattern.

Never be hesitant about carrying the three or four types of flies to the stream with you. If you’re going to devote your day to dry flies have some wets, some nymphs and some streamers along just in case. Maybe you won’t use them but the time will come when you will wish you had come prepared.

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