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6. Do not leave a player

6. Do not leave a player

This is a really common mistake.  I would say most of the clients I’ve seen at the lodge don’t spend near enough time trying to get fish to follow up after the fish has given up their location.  I often ask guests as we chit chat what their “plan” is for when a fish shows itself. Many talk a good game but when it comes down to it a lot of them will give a half hearted attempt to get that fish back.  My sequence changes from time to time but the basis of it is.  Boil/pluck/grab show him it again.  Maybe multiple times at different speeds (especially if it’s a dry). Change fly. Most times a drastic change either colour or size/profile. IF THIS FISH MOVES ON THE FLY AGAIN you have a very good chance of catching it. (In my experience a fish who comes twice can often be caught) keep changing the bug and make sure you cover a little upstream and a little downstream of where you have seen him last.  I also often keep my feet planted where they were when I first moved this fish.  I stay in this spot until the time when I have given up and continue down the run.  There are lots of ways to approach this situation and not saying that mine is right, but the point of it is. . . . . Don’t give up so easily.  You may have swung flies all day and touched nothing.  Don’t walk away from one who has showed you its whereabouts so easily

One Comment

  1. Senor 2

    Well… Miss a minute – miss a month on the old COC.
    Why don’t you put the post out at a rate of one per day. Another way to say that would be one day = one new post. I know – I know…. it sounds kind of weird the first time you hear it but think about it for awhile. It may just have some merit.

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