Tips and Tricks:
Morning Report for Friday August 4th: Slow Your Roll
Hi everyone I just wanted to do a short report for this Friday morning. When I got on the water today I really took my time making sure to wade in quietly not bumping any rocks with my boots and just very quietly making a few short drifts with just a minimal amount of weight . I want to emphasize being quiet. Also I have begun to notice that my balance while wading is really vital and because of that I am better able to wade in quietly as I lift my foot I am able to keep my balance and step forward without kicking rocks. Also remember its slippery out there so just "slow your roll " and really take your time when wading into a section you think may hold a fish <@)()()>< . Every once in a while you get rewarded with a fish you were not expecting and today was one of those days. After about 5 or 10 minutes of fishing I hooked up and just really took my time landing a 17in bow making sure to really keep serious pressure on her but just slightly bowing to the short runs.
I spent the next couple hours fishing other spots not wanting to beat up this section for me or other fishermen. I try not to get greedy. I want to point out a few things I have noticed while fishing:
The more time I spend wading the better my balance is and that drastically improves my ability to wade quietly
A few short preliminary casts will just help me by really slowing down my approach and giving me a chance to introduce the fly in a subtle and with out spooking a fish before it even sees my fly
Part Two: Lets talk a little about casting.
First of all, I am a good caster but I don't claim to be a casting expert; although my fishing buddy, Sarah thinks I am possibly one of the better casters in the state--LOL. Much of good casting is about building several skills and how these skills are connected while preforming a good cast.
Keep in mind that making a good drift starts with a good cast
I think it helps to start your cast from what I call the pocket; Down stream and about 180 deg opposite of where you want your drift to start or cast to end same thing.
where you stand is also part of making a great drift. If you're standing in the wrong spot your working against yourself so adjust your stance by how your cast is coming off.
Being able to cast well is also conected to what is known as hauling, a good haul will enhance you cast and accuracy
Lastly ! Good control of the line in your hands will greatly enhance your ability to set the hook in a timely manner when you do get a strike from a fish . so work on line control in your hands
That's it for now. If you are interested in a trip, give me a ring at 707-294-4738; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Richard Loft; www.napavalleyflyguides.com