By Louis Cahill
Have you ever had a day of streamer fishing when the fish just wouldn’t commit?
I had the mother of those days recently. I was fishing streamers from the boat and was literally getting follows every other cast. That’s great, but the fish just wouldn’t eat the fly. They would charge, swirl, nip and blow up all over it but never eat it. It was frustrating to say the least.
I changed patterns and got the same result. After the twentieth nice brown took a pass, I added a Wooly Bugger as a dropper. No dice. The fish would swim right past the Bugger to ogle the streamer. I switched up my retrieve, all the stuff you should try, and nothing worked. Until I changed the water I was fishing.
I started targeting the fastest water I thought could hold fish and, sure enough, things turned around. I did not slow down my retrieve and, because the water and the fly were moving so quickly, the fish had to make a decision on the spot. Not all of them committed, but some did.
It was a good lesson. Sometimes the problem isn’t you. I’m reminded of the saying, “if you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” Showing your fly to a fish with a different point of view does just that. Try it next time you’re getting failure to commit.Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!