By Dan Fraiser
I’m standing on the bank watching the bottom fall out of the stream and a dark abyss form where there once was stream bottom.
The currents are right and the undercut bank is textbook. I know there are fish in there like I know putting my head under water would make breathing hard. It’s just obvious. I know that I don’t have enough weight on, that my dropper needs a tandem fly, that my hopper needs to go and be replaced with a strike indicator and that I need to dig the shot out of my pack. I know it, but that seems like so much work and the fish are right there. So I spend 10 minutes working the run without a strike. Casting and mending and trying to work the margins where I might be deep enough. Eventually, I give up and tear down my rig, put on all the right stuff and immediately start catching.
This unwillingness to change set-ups is a real problem for me. I’ll try to make do with what’s on, only to eventually cave and do it right. It feels like re-rigging would take up so much of my fishing time. Forget that mistake. I timed it tonight. To go from a bare tippet to a two fly rig, complete with shot and an indicator took me 2 minutes and 22 seconds… and I’m slow. I waste more time fishing a rig that isn’t right, just because it’s on, than it would cost me to just get it right and start catching. And who knows how many fish I spooked or made shy before I made the change.
Ignoring the time wasted fishing wrong, let’s just think about this. If you have to make a complete change 5 times in a fishing session it would cost you about 11 minutes of fishing. Now, If I told you could catch 10 more trout tonight, but you have to start fishing 11 minutes later, would you do it? Of COURSE you would. So slow down, make the rig changes and start catching more and bigger fish, even if it means having a modicum of patience before you start working a new spot.Dan Frasier Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com email@example.com Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!