11-07-2012, 08:58 AM
More newbie questions
Well, that "old guy" came thru again yesterday when he invited me to go fishing at a place called "Dunbar Creek" here in Western PA. It was a really nice day and didn't even need to wear gloves, even though there was "frost on the pumpkin" as grandpap used to say. I have a couple of questions from yesterday, but both are sort of of the same strain.
The water was 44 degrees (F) yesterday. I take it that is a little cold, right? And the trout are pretty lethargic? Jules--the old guy--caught five browns yesterday. He said they were hitting softly and not putting up any fight whatsoever once they were hooked.
Whenever the fish are acting this way, how do you tell a soft hit from, well, nothing, I guess? There were at least a half dozen times (probably more) that I thought I felt something but caught nothing! He had me cast into the the white water falling down into a pretty deep pool. He showed me how it drags the fly downstream, eventually, and then the water swirls backwards some. He said the trout are looking downstream at this point as food flows thru the rapid water then floats BACK to them at this one point.
He caught two fish right off the bat in that spot, right where he said he would. I do it and...NOTHING! I felt tugs but thought it was the water pushing the fly deeper. Were those "feelings" really soft hits? How can you tell the difference?
Also, when do you set the stinking hook? I was lucky enough to watch a decent sized brown hit my fly but I swear it was in slooooooow motion. I am equally sure that I acted like a five-year-old as I got so excited one the fly disappeared into its mouth and I yanked the darn thing straight out before he closed his mouth...and wrapping it all over a branch behind me so badly that it took me 20 minutes or more to untangle every darn thing. That was the first time I actually saw a fish take a fly and I (obviously) got a litt...lot too excited.
I guess to sum up the questions:
1. How do you tell a soft hit?
2. When do you set the hook once you see the trout suck it into its mouth?
3. Do you do anything differently if the water is cold vs a little warmer, like 44 degrees vs. 60 degrees (F)?