Anywhere you have slow moving crystal clear water with trout, these techniques will work. The challenging part of the Fall River fishing equation is presentation-presentation-presentation defined by the line handling techniques that you needed to master if you wanted to catch fish. These fish have seen lots of tippet and fly lines and have learned that if the silhouette of a fly line passes over their head the next bug they see, should they close their mouth on it, will provide an uncomfortable experience. The remedy for that is a downstream presentation technique that presents the fly first, and the line.
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The fly will then drift downstream, hopefully in a dead drift. He explained that rather than wiggle the rod tip to help feed the line, you should roll the tip which will allow you to feed two to three feet of line each time and for fishing dry flies, this was the most important technique that I learned. Carl anchored the boat about forty-five feet upstream and slightly to the side from a pod of rising fish. He had me cast my fly to about 45 degrees to the side and just upstream of the rise location, and when the fly was in the feeding lane, he had me lower my rod tip so the fly could drift to the feeding fish.
If I needed a longer drift, he had me use Fall River twitch, which allowed the fly to dead drift for those final yards. At the relatively long distance you needed to keep between yourself and the feeding fish, it was hard to tell if a fish was taking my fly or perhaps a bug floating next to it, so I quickly determined that the best action would be to set on any rise. Carl showed me a little trick to use that will often get strikes if the fish seem to ignore your fly. He had me present the fly using the downstream technique but just when the fly reached the sight zone of the fish, he had me stop its drift by lifting the rod tip slightly, which thereby caused the fly to submerge beneath the surface film.
He explained that it would then appear as a drowned cripple to the fish, and would often elicit a grab.
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The fly first technique will improve your success on all slow spring creeks or on waters with finicky fish, though you will have to adapt the line handling method to match the particular peculiarities of the water. Normally the fisherman positions his boat upstream from where he assumes the fish are holding usually over a channel or lane in the weeds and by making a short cast downstream he can then begin feeding the line down the lane using the Fall River Twitch technique, to where you feel the fish are holding.
A strike can come at any time. He covers the flies that match the insects, his methods of rigging leaders for various fishing situations, his casting methods, fishing tactics. The text is clear and well-written, the photographs are gorgeous. It's a book worth owning by anyone who fishes spring creeks.
I just received my copy of the book and love it. Great text and the photos are excellent. It seems that most books dealing with Spring Creek fishing are based from writers out West and it is nice to see someone about our east coast streams. Love the book. I will order mine this week unless someone can tell me where I can get a signed copy? I used to read Mike Heck's website all of the time. I still check into it now and then, even though I live out West these days. By: Marshall Cutchin. Size Matters When choosing trout flies, the relative importance of fly characteristics in your selection, in order, should be: size, shape, color, and action for stripped flies.
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In saltwater, action is often more important than exact size and shape. A simple dropper rig can be made by tying a small nymph onto inches of tippet material tied to the bend of a dry fly. If the trout takes the nymph, the dry fly serves as your indicator. Nymphs can also be tied in tandem, enabling you to find out which nymph is working better. Wet vs. Fish expect their food sources to be in a particular part of the water column, and knowing where that is is important key to good fly selection.
Think first of seasonal color patterns.
Early spring, late fall, and winter flies tend to be darker, matching the colors of their environment. Lighter flies typically appear in warmer weather. Imitation vs. Flattery Fishing flies can be either impressionistic or exact imitations, and their effectiveness often depends on how selective the fish have become due to food availability, weather conditions and fishing pressure. Think Subsurface for Trout At least two-thirds of the diet of trout is made up of subsurface food sources.
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Even if you prefer dry fly fishing, knowing what nymphs, larvae and crustaceans are available beneath the surface with help you decide on fly selection. Think Position First Before you try a very difficult cast to a fish make sure that there is no way to get yourself into a better position.
Putting yourself where you can make an easier cast and get a better drift is always time well spent. Timing and Planning The biggest difference between trout fishing and fly fishing in saltwater is that in the ocean, fish are almost always moving and give you little time to strategize. When trout fishing, take advantage of the time you have to consider what the fish are eating and what position will give you the best, drag-free presentation. In saltwater, the challenge is to stay attentive and ready over long periods while hunting fish.
Walk Softly Fish are as sensitive to sound and vibration as they are to visual warnings. Walking lightly on the bank and wading without pushing water are important tactics. In saltwater, noisy or rocking boats and slamming cooler lids scare fish. Prospecting and Blind Casting While prospecting in fresh water, fish the close water first.
A common mistake is to cast over fish in the excitement of making a long cast. In saltwater, longer casts are usually better unless you are fishing to mangroves or a shoreline, where structure and changes in current matter most.
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High Water During high water, fish often seek out the calmer current near the bank. Fish the slower, bank-side water from land before wading in. Learning to See Fish Learn to see fish underwater by watching a released fish swim away. It will provide you clues about which parts of a fish are visible and which are not.
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