On the fly: Getting out of rhythm | AspenTimes.com

On the fly: Getting out of rhythm

Scott Spooner
On the Fly
A view from the upper Fryingpan River.
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Fish get into rhythms. So do humans.

If you grew up hunting, you were probably taught how to stalk, how to sneak. This translates to our fishing, or at least, it should.

I remember my dad teaching me to walk softly through the woods, with plenty of pauses. Nothing alerts deer to the presence of humans better than our rhythmic footfalls in the crunchy leaves. This can apply to our fishing, as well.

We all get excited when we find a big fish that is feeding, whether you’ve been casting at rising trout for a lifetime or only a few weeks.

After repeated casts at that fish of the season, we often notice that we “put them off their tea,” so to speak. The usual reason for this is that we have been casting every six seconds for half an hour, and we have successfully alerted that fish to our presence.

If that fish hasn’t skulked away in utter disappointment after busting you, take a break and watch the fish. Have a snack, add a new fly or fresh tippet. Stay low, stay relatively still. When the fish gets back into its feeding rhythm, stay low and make one cast count.

I’ll bet that fish will eat!

As our rivers begin to drop and clear, hunting fish becomes easier, but can be challenging, too.

Sight fishing is very similar to hunting. You need to stalk, creep and tiptoe around. If you can see them clearly, they can usually see you, too.

We spend our lives trying to keep in rhythm; let’s throw that out this fall and get out of rhythm!

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.


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