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.
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…