Shuffle your feet and move your seat.

man stilt fishing in oceanFlickr: Feng Zhong

You have finally honed in your casting skills. Double haul, no problem. You can mend line in your sleep. Dialing in the proper amount of weight when nymph fishing – got it. Your are extremely literate in reading water. You see the micro currents and adjust without a hitch. You can identify most insect emergences simply by watching trout rise forms. Yet you still experience low number catch days. Why are you not catching more trout?

Could it be that you are a parker? You know the angler that goes to the prime pool and spends the day there. Bridge pool parkers are great examples. Even worse, one whom doesn’t even cover all of the water with casting, wading and/or the combined within the prime pool. Just sort of digresses into a mindless cycle of casting and drifting the same lane for hours.

Obviously there are exceptions to the following methods but generally speaking use them to get out of a parking rut.

  • Once confident that you have made 2 – 5 good drifts; it’s time to move on.
  • Cover the water. All of the water.
  • View the water as three lanes the one closest to you, the middle, and the far bank. Or view it as a grid, bottom left, upper left, bottom right, upper right. Whatever works for you to break it into sections that you can check off your list as covered.

Of course the above assumes that you are using excellent and appropriate fishing tactics for the situation at hand.

I believe that often you have to seek out the players. It’s a ratio thing. Once you have confidence in your skills, including your fly, then use them to find the players. You can always come back those sweet looking spots later for another try.

No parking permitted.

no parkingFlickr: Scott McLeod

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