An old saying goes something like this, "hang around a barbershop long enough and you're gonna get a hair cut." So true. Where we spend our time and who we talk to influences our lives. Hang around in a fly shop long enough ...
... and you might pick up some tips and ideas for your next time out that you may not have learned otherwise. I like to think of it as talking with your neighbor over the backyard fence or having a cold beverage on the front porch with your buddy who does landscaping. It doesn't have to be some sort of question and answer session about the specifics. It's just a matter of talking with folks.
I swung by the shop the other day when I was out doing errands. I wasn't heading to buy anything. Basically, I was avoiding doing my own yardwork. One of Anglers' guides, Greg Blessing, was there sitting back at the fly tying table. I sat down next to him as he did some work on his photographs on his iPad.
The conversation got around to high water and long-lasting flows throughout our fisheries. And it got around to good fishing happening right now at Deckers and Elevenmile. I mentioned something about my low productivity with using some nymphs and emergers and midges.
"Well, that happens. I was fishing with some folks and they commented on how often I make motions to set the hook. For every strike you may feel, there are probably ten more chances when you're fishing subsurface."
"You set the hook when there's not a strike?"
"There are fish looking and waiting to strike. So, yeah, I entice them with a set."
Sure enough, the next day, I was fishing Elevenmile and the first fish I netted was a strike that I enticed with a just little set the hook motion.
Sometimes you just need to hang around the barbershop.
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Women's Fly Tying class series: Class 3, Advanced tying techniques, Dry flies