5280 ANGLER GUIDE HACKS – Timely Adjustments

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by Ron Pecore

Have you ever been working a good looking riffle, but nothing was happening?

The trout seem to be ignoring your offering – time after strikeless time. You’re sure you have the right flies on [or at least that’s what Jeremy said to use in his latest video update] You are thinking, what’s going on?

There’s a little saying I remind myself in frustrating situations like these. The trout aren’t doing anything wrong..what am I doing wrong? When I believe I have the right flies and setup, the first thing I’ll do is adjust the indicator. Depending upon the water situation, I’ll move it to fish either deeper or shallower a bit at a time. Often, this extremely simple step is all it takes to detect the strike sooner.

If I’m still not hooking up, I’ll add a split shot or two to get my flies down quicker or deeper into the feeding zone. One small weight can make a very big difference.

Try to be patient out there on the river. Slow down, and adjust the simple things  from time to time. Don’t get discouraged when you hit a dry spell. This was one of the most important things I learned to become a much improved nymph fishermen.

Countless times all I have done on a client’s rig is to make one adjustment and bam…Fish On!

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Making small adjustments can pay BIG dividends!

Take your time, be an observer,  and make the small, yet timely, adjustments to your rig. I know you’ll see your fish counts improve greatly.


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