Hold the fish belly up Sasha?a fish is far more quieter in that position.Make sure when practicing catch and release to follow some basic fish proper handling methods.
1. Don’t place the fish on the ground, rock, snow, etc. for a photo.
2. Make sure to wet hands before you pick up the fish.
3. Don’t squeeze the fish or use a towel to hold it.
4. Return the fish back to the water as soon as possible.
5. Make sure to revive the fish prior to letting it out of your hand/s.
I am sure I am forgetting some so I will add more as I think of them.
Great trick Dan. I'm gonna have to try that! Thanks.For those of you who may use the Loon fly drying crystals with the little indicator that turns pink when they are "spent". Rather then buying a new batch; which Loon would love you to do, put the crystals in a small pie tin or pyrex baking dish. Put the oven on 150 degrees, and bake until the pink crystals return to the original blue color. They work just like new.
If that does not work, reel the line in till you have the line tight with top of the rod almost straight up. Grab the line between the reel and stripper guide and pull it out sideways from the rod keeping the line tight and the rod well bent. Release the line and a nano second or two behind drop the rod tip and the immediately pull back on the rod. It sends a shock wave down the line and pops it off opposite the direction it went on. I have found if it does not come off in three tries it isn't going to. This works best with the more "stretchy" mono, but still works with a fly rod. The longer the tippet, the better.I've got one. When you've snagged your fly ......Raise your straight up keeping the line tight and then roll cast above and past the object you are snagged on.. .
MarkCarrying a pair of scissors onstream let's you tweak flies if you need to.
I often tie spinners "in the round" with no wings, just a wrapped hackle collar.
You can use them to skitter across the surface to imitate the females that fly along the surface dipping their abdomen in the water to drop eggs, and/or the mating swarms that sometimes fly just above the water.
Or you can trim the bottom by cutting a small "V" notch in the bottom to sit lower in the water (but still be easy to see because of the hackle on top).
or cut top and bottom, just leaving the fibers sticking out on the sides for a spent wing spinner that fishes in the film.
You can also give dry flies a haircut to turn them into emergers or cripples. And the "V" notch is handy on other dries- it's one way to correct problem flies that don't ride correctly like ones that tip forward, or fall over etc.)
And sometimes streamers with a lot of flash attract fish, sometimes it seems to scare them. If you tie them with flash, you can always do some snipping to turn them into stealth fighters, trim to match the size of bait, get them to ride true, cast better or sink faster. i learned this one night fishing with Kenny Vanderlaske after I ran into him on the beach one night. He was an excellent mentor and very generous with his time and advice helping me get started in SW (and one of the reasons i keep recommending newbies join a fly fishing club). We ran into a cinder worm hatch one night- a small marine worm that swarms around the new and full moons. Neither of us had anything that small, and weren't getting any love from the fish, even though striped bass were swirling and slurping all around us in the dark. He trimmed the tail off a small deceiver and was instantly into fish. He and his wife Lori now guide on Marthas Vineyard, and are two of the best fly fisher folks i know.