Five things an angler can do to turn a fair day fishing into a great day fishing!

By Rowan Nyman



Too often we hear that the fishing was good but the catching was not. While this is the right spirit, because we all know a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work, there are several things every angler could do to increase the catching part of the fishing experience.

1. First and foremost is to practice casting! Just like any other endeavor, practice makes perfect. The more comfortable an angler is with the cast, the more efficient and productive they will become. Accuracy is far more important than distance. This point cannot be stressed enough. If an angler can cast 30 to 40 feet with good, consistent accuracy, than you are well on the way to improving every day's catch.

2. Make every opportunity count! Always be ready and prepared for a strike or take. Often this state of readiness rests upon some preplanning. Before you cast and make a presentation, read the water or the rise, and determine the critical moments that will occur during your drift that will induce a take. If you have a reasonable idea when and where a strike will occur, the more ready and able you will be.

3. Pay attention to the details! The details are the difference between one level of skill and another. The angler who checks the sharpness of their hooks, examines their tippet for frays and kinks after being caught in trees and bushes, and keeps their equipment in good shape is prepared for most of the possible things that can go astray when fishing. This point ties in intimately with making every opportunity count.

4. Patience is a virtue! Slow down and take some time to observe the water. Many times an angler will notice a key factor or situation if they take a moment or two to slow down. Before an angler steps into the water to cast to the riser 30 feet out behind a rock, make sure there isn't a stealthy bank sipper. Maybe while sitting on a rock next to the bank, an angler will notice the tiny Glossoma adults crawling down the sides of a boulder to release their eggs. Maybe you will ease into the flow and pace of fly-fishing and away from the craze of every day life. Being in tune with the river this way is a vital key to fishing success.

5. Match the Hatch! I know this sounds obvious, but having a basic understanding of the aquatic insect life can go a long way in improving your fishing outings. Furthermore, it always helps if the flies you choose to fish with accurately imitate the food that the fish are feeding on. An insect seine can be a boon to figuring out this daily mystery. If you are fishing the "right" flies, this is one less detail you need to worry about, and more effort can be placed on presentation.

Keep these five points in mind on your next fishing trip and see if you can turn what would ordinarily be a fair day into a great one!