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Old 11-24-2015, 01:43 PM
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Almost put this in news/articles but opted for this spot.
Move if you want Larry......
Just thought some might enjoy....
So you want to be a great trout fisherman | Hatch Magazine - Fly Fishing, etc.
It's a good link anyway....

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Jim: That was a great read by Todd Tanner! A lot of the points we discuss here on the forum on a pretty regular basis, but so eloquently put.
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Nice article. My dad taught me that the best way to fly fish is: When you reach a promising pool, stop and smoke a cigar while watching the water. When you have finished the cigar, you should have seen and learned enough to fish that pool. It seems that he shares a similar mentality to the author of that article.
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Good read, Jim. Thanks for posting it.

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Reading the article pointed out a lot of issues I need to work on. One of which, and I've realized it for a long time, is that I'm to impatient. I feel rushed to get into the water and start fishing. This was another reminder I need to take my time and take it all in. Thanks for posting!
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Thanks Jim it was a great read. Great things to keep in mind while I am fishing.
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"S — “S” stands for stop sign. Flashing red light. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. You’ll notice I mentioned “undivided attention” up above. That, my friends, is hugely important. The best anglers possess a single-mindedness that approaches mindlessness. There are no extraneous thoughts. Nothing intrudes. There’s no job, there’s no spouse or kid or paramour. There’s no concern for the next college football game, or your next meal, or the fact that your boss doesn’t pay you enough, or that your car needs new brakes. My apologies, but if you can’t put all that other stuff aside and focus on your fishing with a singular intensity, then you will never be a great angler. Absolute attention and focus are prerequisites; anything less is a deal breaker."

Isn't this WHY we flyfish??
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"S — “S” stands for stop sign. Flashing red light. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. You’ll notice I mentioned “undivided attention” up above. That, my friends, is hugely important. The best anglers possess a single-mindedness that approaches mindlessness. There are no extraneous thoughts. Nothing intrudes. There’s no job, there’s no spouse or kid or paramour. There’s no concern for the next college football game, or your next meal, or the fact that your boss doesn’t pay you enough, or that your car needs new brakes. My apologies, but if you can’t put all that other stuff aside and focus on your fishing with a singular intensity, then you will never be a great angler. Absolute attention and focus are prerequisites; anything less is a deal breaker."

Isn't this WHY we flyfish??
My biggest (fly fishing) problem is that I get distracted by what's around me
My father used to point it out when I was a kid ....
"You can't catch a fish if your fly's not in the water."
And one of my buddies still delights to call me on it today.
"You just missed another one !"
But I can turn right around and say "Did you see that woodchuck climbing a tree?"
It's all fine with me. I'm not just out there to catch as many fish as possible, I'm out there to enjoy my day
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It's funny how we search for a fix for all.
I have honed my laser concentration as an "extreme athlete", for many years....
must have worked, cause I'm still here.....
Over time, I had to learn to slow down, and look around.
Now I sit before I fish, and no surprise, my fish stats have gone up.
Partly because I don't spook fish at my feet......and because I'll "see" what is going on and am in the loop.
I need to know now...where the fish is at and what he's eating before I cast....besides seeing cool critters having a nature moment. Which most of my clients love.......A snake eating a sculpin...
or a Red Tail hawk telling her fully feathered young to go catch their own meal.......that was yesterday.

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That article had a ton of great information in it, one of my favorites was:

C — “C” stands for casting. It’s not enough to be a decent caster. You need to be excellent. So practice. Practice at home, or at the neighborhood park, or the local pond, or anywhere you can sneak in half an hour of casting on a regular basis. (A tip. You might want to find a place where you don’t need to worry about power lines, overhead limbs, aggressive dogs, alligators, snakes, quicksand or poison ivy.)

And don’t just practice the easy stuff. You need to do it all - reach casts, curve casts, puddle casts, double hauls, etc. Vary your distance, too. You want to be deadly from 15 feet out to 80 feet or so. You should be able to open your loop up or tighten it down, to throw casts under overhanging tree limbs, to huck bugs both big and small, to cast reasonably well with your off hand, to sling your flies into a stout wind, to feel your rod load regardless of how much line you have out … and that means hours and hours of practice. My advice is actually pretty simple. Play around. See what works, and what doesn’t. On occasion, set your rod aside, grab your reel, strip off some line and cast with your hands. Over-line or under-line your various rods and see what happens. The better you get and the more comfortable you are with a fly rod, the higher your ultimate ceiling.

I liked his point on practicing more, but he gives great advice on HOW to practice, some great tips for sure.
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