Methodical Fly Fishing

27 Feb

When I started fly fishing as an adult I just kind of threw everything at the river, including myself, and hoped for the best. I fished like a kid. Noisy wading, splashy casting, and spooking fish all over the place.

When I did catch a fish on the fly it was more by accident or annoyance than well thought out presentation.

Now I am more careful and methodical. I think make better choices, spook less fish and have more success because of it.

fly fishing pool radovna

The a great fly fishing pool picture from

One of the articles that helped to change my approach to fishing was, “The Proper Way to Fish a Pool” by Ted Leeson in a 2005 edition of Field and Stream.

I found a link to the article but haven’t found the accompanying image. Give it a read. I found it very informative for being as short as it is. If you know where there is a copy of the picture please leave it in the comments so others can find it too.

How do you fish a pool? Are you methodical? Or do you just go for it?


2 Responses to “Methodical Fly Fishing”

  1. Patrons of the Pit February 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM #

    Oh methodical for a while. Patient and reserved. Calculated casts. But if it’s not working, I generally then just go for it, and flog the waters to a frenzy.

    • hydroflynamic February 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

      Yeah, there are times to just charge in, too. Crappies in the spring for example or super high water. Oh and big streamer fishing. Thanks for the comment.

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