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How frustrating. You make a great cast, get a good drift, a beautiful fish comes up……and it gives you the middle fin and turns away. After you’ve finished cursing like a sailor, here’s a couple of tips to try out…

As the year progresses, fish get more educated, particularly on tippet. Go lighter on your tippet than you normally do. I’m actually a huge advocate of fluorocarbon. It’s stealthier, tough as nails, and lasts longer.

Change you angle of presentation. The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting a different results. In a situation where fish are actively feeding on dries, I’ll get out of the water, quietly move upstream, and go with a fly first presentation. Similar logic to lightening up your leader, but in this case, the fly is what the fish sees first, so the leader is less of an issue.

Try a different fly….duh right? Think a little differently here. The fish may not be feeding on adults. Sometimes rising fish aren't eating adult insects, they are eating emergers…..try a humpback emergerRS2, or other similar emerger pattern under the surface. One thing always do is downsize my fly. For some reason, this always seems more effective than upsizing.

Take a break. Yup, give it a few minutes. Hydrate up. Relax and then get back in there. I haven’t caught too many fish trying to beat them into submission. Sometimes all it takes is to give it a bit of a rest, think about what you want to throw, and patiently go about your presentation.

That’s if for now my fishy friends, until next time…..

Tight Lines and Screaming Drags

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