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    I am having troubl being a consistent fly fisherman. I catch fish once every other week and have no idea how to be consistent. Is it only a matter of time before I catch fish on every outing, or is there anything that I could do now to become a more consistent angler. I mean i dont think that I am bad ( I have a steelhead and browns, rainbows, brookies, largemouth and panfish on my fly rod within two yrs). Thanks for your expertise!

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

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    I've fly fished all my life and there was a time when I fished everyday

    Still, I'll get skunked regularly and never give it a second thought.

    That's why they call it 'fishing' and not 'catching'

    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Keep going!! Pay attention to what is working and what is not. Keep a log book with conditions, time of day, flies used, weather, the more info the better after awhile you will notice patterns in whats working and whats not. Dont be afraid to turn over a few rocks and seeing what they are feeding on.
    I don't always fly fish but when I do I prefer salt water. Stay salty my freinds

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Columbia, Missouri

    Default Re: Being Consistent

    If you're doing everything right and still not consistently catching fish, I'd suggest you keep experimenting with patterns, weight, etc. It may just be that you're not tuned in precisely on what they're feeding, or at what level in the water column, etc.

  5. #5
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    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    That's why they call it 'fishing' and not 'catching'

    Yup, what he said. I am well known in my area for my fishing, and I still get skunked. There is no such thing as the skunk proof angler. Short of dynamite and electro shocking that is. Don't get any ideas there.

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    As your bag of tricks, with respect to finding fish, bug ID, fly selection, techniques, rigs, etc. increases with experience, and you are able to recognize the situation and apply these things, your overall success will increase and become more consistent. But as other have posted…be prepared for a skunking every so often, it happens to all of us.

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    Apr 2008
    Monroe, Michigan

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    Keep going...practice makes perfect; except in fishing...The skunk nips everyone sometime or other. Pay attention to the little things, observe what's going on around you and your success will increase. Fishing is a time to relax; enjoy your time in the stream...


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    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Southeast Pennsylvania

    Default Re: Being Consistent

    Are you fishing the same stream/lake/river each time? If you become familiar
    with the conditions, you can get a sense of where the fish will be, and when.
    There's a great stream a couple miles away from me, but it's going to be
    very tough to fish in a couple weeks. The local lake is going full swing right
    now, however, and that's where I've been fishing. Even there, certain spots
    are much better than others. A stream comes off the lake, and it's a real
    hot spot right now for HUGE green sunfish and rock bass. Eventhough the
    lake was recently stocked with 3,000 trout, trout fishing there has been
    spotty. The only trout I've caught this Fall have been those that have fallen
    into the lakes spillway, and down to the stream.

    Look for the overhangs, deep pools, fish the seams between calm and swift
    water, go shallow and deep. Move around to different spots. I was fishing
    the Neshaminy Creek regularly this past summer, and the smallmouth just
    weren't there. I stubbornly refused to wade past my usual stretch for months,
    but a 1/4 mile hike upstream resulted in smallmouth galore. Funny thing is, that's just where I thought they would be......

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    May 2009
    Truckee, CA.
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    I often say (and maybe I've said it here,) at least 50% of fishermen get skunked because they decide before leaving home, which fly, the style, and maybe even the hole they'll fish.You see the guy walk into the shop, walk straight to the flies, and pick the one that caught Walter last time ( or maybe ten yrs ago). We are such creatures of habit we think fish are too. If I'm with a client, I can't limit us to one fly or technique. We cover a lot of water, and fish dries, nymphs, or swing soft hackles. Streamers, nymphs, dries, and softies all work well, but not every time! I always use my bug seine and examine rocks. Still, it doesn't work predictably because fish live in an unpredictable watery world. Flows, hatches, temps and more. Consistancy isn't part of nature. Getting humbled by fish may be the real reason we keep at it for so many years.
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.


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    Jun 2007
    Missouri City (near Houston), Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfly View Post
    Getting humbled by fish may be the real reason we keep at it for so many years.
    This is quotable truth!
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .

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