I have a bad habit that I’m trying to break.
Let’s say I’m standing in the river, and I decide to make an adjustment. Maybe I change flies, add weight, switch to streamers or to a suspension rig. But after standing still for the modification, I often take a few steps upstream or sideways before making my next cast.
I suppose it’s part of my restless nature, a desire to move on and discover what’s around the next bend. But with self-discipline, I can do better.
I change rigs because I haven’t caught a trout where I probably should. So why not throw a cast right back into the same spot that inspired the change in the first place? Put it in exactly the same place. Work the water again. Cast back to the pocket, current seam or whatever feature I was fishing. Run the same drift, and see if the adjustment works.
If I move even a few steps before re-fishing the area, I add another set of variables: different water, different angles and different fish.
Small corrections like this give me a chance to learn. And isn’t that what this game is about?
At the hands of writers for centuries, luck and fishing have been linked together like a horse and carriage. But anglers need not be drawn along the path of luck, hoping for serendipity and a tight line. We can read the signs, understand the river and learn from the fish. Then we make some changes and see things happen. We feel the rod bend because we learned … and we fooled a trout.
What do you think?
Enjoy the day.
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