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Thoughts on all things regarding fooling fish with feathers.
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Posted 08-08-2014 at 10:46 PM by jslo

Today I changed out flies and rigs like a toll booth. As in I made alot of change! Allow me to elaborate.

When I got to the river, I looked at the level and the clarity- I saw the runs, pools, and the holes. I immediately thought "dryfly day" and tied on a #14 tan caddis. Ginked it up and off I went. About 30 casts in with nary a looker, I started feeling antsy. I was so sure and set on my plan of attack that I was hesitant to change out my setup. But a new resolution of mine is to "listen to the river". I had to ask myself- what feedback are you receiving? And truthfully, the feedback was "we don't want to swim up and eat that bug".

Making a day into a few sentences, the bottom line is that I ended up changing flies and setups until I found what worked, and then I got into fish. My own experience is that a fish may reject the "correct" bug once or twice, but if you are getting a good dead drift through a stack of fish in a run over and over and not one of the 30 fish will eat- let's face it, change your setup or your bug!

Moral of the story is don't get too set on what you THINK the winner fly or setup for the day will be. Do your best to start with a best guess, but don't hesitate to read the feedback and adjust accordingly. Sooner rather than later!
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    I don't know how many times I have re-learned that lesson, thanks for sharing!
    Posted 08-10-2014 at 08:48 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline

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