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Don’t Be A Patient Fly Fisherman!

Be The Impatient Fly Fisherman!

One of the worst mistakes fisherman make is staying with a presentation what doesn’t work. Just because the fish hit a particular fly one day, doesn’t mean a whole lot when you return a week or month later.

The last two days, my brother Bruce (brucemillerartist.com) and I hit two sections of a Mississippi tributary that was really low.

BigOldRedEyeEnhanc350Most folks would eyeball the river from a bridge and declare it unfishable or unnavigable due to the low water and matted weeds on the surface.

We fished it anyway.

In late summer many of these rivers get too low to float cleanly and require dragging your watercraft over rocks and reefs.

This gets very old, very quickly.

Thus was the case on our trip, except there were enough pockets of holding water and enough hungry fish to make it worthwhile.

The key was changing presentations throughout the days.

Just because the fish slam poppers for an hour or two, doesn’t mean they’ll hit them with gusto all day. Fish go through different mood changes (much as humans) throughout the day and require different approaches to consistently stay on fish.

We had to switch between subtle topwater, like small hoppers and gurglers when the poppers fell out of favor. Sliders and small divers also provided action for a period of time, but these fish would only stay on one pattern for an hour or so, during a 5 hour float.

We had to switch multiple times throughout the day. If the fish didn’t hit a fly after no more than ten minutes, or if we had lookers – but not takers, we’d quickly change.

Many times it took awhile to discover the new preferred fly. Sometimes we’d go back to one that worked earlier to discover they liked it again….for awhile anyway…

Top Ten Smallmouth Flies on Podcast

Brad MillerFor those of you that want to tune up your fly selection for this season, you may want to check out a recent internet radio interview done on AskAboutFlyFishing.com.

Roger Maves proprietor contacted me after seeing http://flybass.com.

This site is the best podcast source to be found anywhere to listen to great fly fisherman talk about the entire gamut of the sport from fresh to salt, from Alaska to Chile. You can join the membership and download over 200 incredible podcast to listen to at your leasure.

My segment is quite long, around 90 minutes, as they all are, but the information gleaned will make you a better fisherman.

My interview covers basic smallmouth strategies and we then delve into the top ten patterns (revised within the last year) and discuss why these flies and how to present them to enhance your success.

Click the link below to visit this outstanding site and listen to me and some of the biggest names in the fly fishing industry talk about their craft.

Brad Miller on AskAboutFlyFishing.com

Fly Fishing Speed Knots

Super Fast Terminal Connections

I’ve used the Swirle Knot for years as a terminal connection and it’s fast and easy. Everyone has their favorites and as long as they hold up – you’re good. It’s always fun to learn new ones, especially if they are REALLY easy!

So without further delay, I’ll let you be the judge of two extremely fast and easy knots to tie.

The first one: The Best Fishing Knot has been viewed nearly One Million times on YouTube. 

The second: The Davey Knot comes from Practical Patterns from Tightlines Productions.

These are the finest fly tying videos I’ve seen and they also include other tantalizing tidbits for the fly fishing addict. Check out the Davey Knot below and then click the Tightlines Production Link to get lost in fly tying for a day or two.

The Davy Knot from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

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