Fly selection and design for flats fishing

This is going to be the first part of a multi-part series that I will post every Thursday until…well until it’s done.

Part 1- The Day

Wake up on a perfectly calm morning.  Perfect day for fishing.  No wind.  Hardly any clouds. Hasn’t rained in a while.  Water is going to be clear and you should be able to do some sight fishing. The reds have been schooled up in a hard bottom sandy area so you’ll be able to see them.  This makes you happy.  You hop right in the truck that you hitched and loaded up last night and off you go.  Your buddy is waiting for you at the ramp, the boat launches perfectly and you are on your way to the spot.  You flip a coin and your buddy is on the poling tower first.  The light is just right and when you get to the spot you can see some wakes of feeding fish. Should be perfect.  You tie on a fly that you tied in a moment of inspiration that you were sure would be perfect.  It’s got rubber legs on it and everything.  The waters about 8 inches deep.  The boat is not rubbing the bottom.  Everything is perfect.  Here they come.  You make a perfect  60 foot cast.  Leading the school by about 4 feet.  The lead fish swims right up to your fly and …. goes right over it.  The next fish does the same.  You can see the fish as they tip down and dart to the side, they are obviously feeding.  You cast again.  Same thing.  They totally ignore your offering.  The school swims off totally unmolested by you.  Your buddy frantically poles to reposition the boat.  You try again.  Same result.  FINALLY after the fifth cast you get one to eat.  You whoop it up and everybody is happy.  But what really happened? Lets take it one step at a time…

We’ll address step one next week, class.


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