PODCAST: Turning Around the Toughest Days — How to Save a Slow Fishing Trip — S9, Ep3

by | Oct 29, 2023 | 4 comments

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So, most things don’t turn out the way you had them planned. That’s life. But as you’re driving the dirt road toward your favorite trout water, thoughts and plans unfold in your mind. And while preparing for a destination trip, you expect success. Once you’re finally traveling halfway across the country to that river you’ve wanted to fish for decades, visions of the trout you’ll catch take over.

Your hopes and dreams of what will end up in the net are a primary motivator. And, aside from the fish, you might even be enthusiastic about a new fly rod, a new pair of waders or maybe an experimental leader that you tied up.

For all of this, and for the fishing itself, we expect success. We assume the positive. Because, as my friend Rich Alsippi loved to say, “the fisherman is eternally hopeful.” Good anglers are optimists.

Why? Because fishing is filled with so much failure that anyone who stays in the game learns to look on the bright side, to see beyond the fish count, to get past tangled tippet, broken reels, lost flies in a tree and soaking wet clothes from falling in — again.

Things go bad out there. A trout river forces you into mistakes. And sometimes, the fishing is just tough. Trout don’t want to eat.

So you try everything you planned for. You know what should work, and you’ve fished it. But when it doesn’t . . . what do you do?

That’s what we’re here to talk about tonight.

How do we handle tough days? How can we turn it around and start catching fish? When the going gets tough, how do we fix it? What are the strategies?

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | The Fisherman Is Eternally Hopeful
READ: Troutbitten | The Best  Laid Plans of Fishermen often Go Awry
READ: Troutbitten | Fish Hard

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Domenick Swentosky
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Domenick Swentosky

Central Pennsylvania

Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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4 Comments

  1. My experience , for what it is worth over 65 years fishing for Bass and Trout , is to lower my catch expectations after a front moves through. Since I have retired and am no longer limited to fishing only when nothing else has priority, I choose to cut my grass on those post front temperature drop, windy, bluebird sky, sunny day(s).

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    • That has been my experience as well and I hear it a lot, both on the water and in the various videos around the Net. However, that doesn’t make it a scientific fact

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  2. I really laughed about your rule to drink any unopened beer cans found while fishing.
    Then I recalled a friend of mine who pulled a case of floating beer cans out of a river downstream of a flooded beer distributor. He contracted hepatitis and the retrieved beer was blamed as the source of his hepatitis.
    If I come across any unopened beer I will leave it for the next fisherman.
    Thanks for your excellent source of information and knowledge.

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    • Well thank you for leaving all that beer for us. We’ll run clean up and hope for the best.
      🙂
      Cheers

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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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