Being a newbie, I am confusing myself on how to retrieve a fly. Keep in mind that I am a shoemaker in all types of fishing. My "experience" (if you can call it that) is almost exclusively putting an earthworm on a hook and casting it into a lake and hoping a fish finds it and eats it.
Now, I am completely confusing myself. I went out on Sunday afternoon. (Wow, I needed to dress warmer if I am going to wander around in the water whenever it is cold outside!) There is a small stream semi-close by I can get to that has some bluegill, small mouth bass, and some trout in it. It originates from the overflow of a dam. I started about 100 yards downstream from the overflow (since there were a few spincasters up there) and it is about two-and-a-half feet deep on one side and I don't really know how deep on the other side of the stream, but it seems like there are spots where it is at least five feet deep.
I was wading downstream in the shallow part and casting a little upstream on the deeper end.
First, is this what I should do? Should I wade downstream? Or doesn't it really matter? I thought it would be okay since it is fairly wide and deep enough that the fish couldn't really see me in this instance. I figured they were facing upstream waiting for food to come to them, so that is why I cast upstream.
In these deeper parts, the water moves very
slowly. So slowly, in fact, that it is just about still water. How do I retrieve in this situation? I found myself doing it wrong, I think. I would cast then jerk the rod downstream, never really pulling much line in, and I found my rod would be pointing way down stream. I know that has to be wrong. I probably need to strip the line in. I think I was doing this because I still stink at casting and the only thing I can really do is roll cast at the moment, plus there is not enough room to do much more than roll cast in this stream. I think I don't understand how to roll cast with a bunch of line stripped out and floating next to me..
In other parts, the water flows fairly quickly to very quickly. I would cast upstream and sort of let everything float until my line straightened out downstream. Is this the right thing to do?
Then, I was having trouble roll casting, again, to get the fly from the fast water downstream and cast it back upstream.
Arrggghhhh!!!! I know I am new to this but I think I am making it too hard. Any and all advice is welcome.