When making choice of flies, the size matters. The order of the characteristics used in making the choice of flies is size, shape, color and then action. The action is only considered in the case of stripped flies. When the fishing is done in saltwater, action is more important than the size and shape. The construction of flies determines whether they will float over the surface, be partially submerged or sink. Good selection of flies is easy when you know where the fish expect their food to be.
Flies used are either exact imitations or are impressionistic. Their effectiveness is dependent on the level to which fish have become selective. The selectiveness of the fish is dependent on conditions of the weather, fishing pressure and availability. When stalking the fish, they should be approached from behind or one has to stay low if the approach is from the front. The reason for this is heights of objects get exaggerated in the fish perspective.
Fish are very sensitive to sounds and vibrations just as they are to visual warnings. Walking on the bank lightly and wading without pushing water are tactics that will help. In water that is salty, fish are scared by rocking boats and slamming of cooler lids. These should be avoided at all costs.
When it comes to fly presentations, drag presents the biggest challenge. Before you can change the flies, it is essential to consider if the presentation is free from drag. To prevent drag, there are various options, including using light tippet materials and tying the fly using a loop knot. The other alternative is to lengthen the tippet. In some instances, tying on more visible flies helps to see drag that may not have been seen.
You should not cast immediately after seeing fish. It is recommended that you watch the behavior in order to see what they are feeding on and time their rises. This is done so that you put the right fly in the water and ensure it is there when fish look up again. In water that is salty, you will have to learn the behavior of fish.
When fishing is done in salty water, you should remember to strip with the tip of the rod next to the water surface. Doing so will give the guarantee that action to the fly is imparted by the retrieve. Therefore when the fish take the flies, the line will become tight at once.
When fishing with indicators, any tiny pause will mean the fish has eaten the nymph. Beginners have to grasp this point. This is because they wait for the indicator to bob. They will miss any takes as a result.
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