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Worrgamesguy
11-11-2008, 10:38 PM
I dunno if I do... I think that is mostly fishermen trying to make themselves feel better for a bad day on the water. On some days, I've heard people say that the fishing should be good, and it would be fantastic, other times- I'd be lucky to catch anything.

When preparing for a fishing trip, do you check to see the lunar report and all the related information?

jmelrod
11-11-2008, 11:09 PM
I really just check the pressure and the trends. In fact I bought a watch with just that function, but it went out on me.....waiting on a replacement now. :mad:
So I will have to depend on the news.

ChemEAngler
11-11-2008, 11:20 PM
Never have used any of the moon phases or fishing tables. In every season other than Spring, I try to be on the water the first cloudy day after a series of sunny days. I have found that the fish are less spooky and more willing to eat when I get this situation. This is just my experience, and I am sure others will vary.

Travis

Worrgamesguy
11-11-2008, 11:50 PM
I really just check the pressure and the trends. In fact I bought a watch with just that function, but it went out on me.....waiting on a replacement now. :mad:
So I will have to depend on the news.

So what have you seen to be ideal?

Never have used any of the moon phases or fishing tables. In every season other than Spring, I try to be on the water the first cloudy day after a series of sunny days. I have found that the fish are less spooky and more willing to eat when I get this situation. This is just my experience, and I am sure others will vary.

Travis

Do you use the weather channel's predictions as far as weather goes for that? So if I see 3 days of sunny weather, and then a partially cloudy or cloudy day, I should do well?

pineman19
11-12-2008, 07:39 AM
I have had luck fishing for warmwater species and trout as a storm front is moving in an area. Seems to make the fish very active. Once the front passes through the action seems to slow down.

Neal

monktrout
11-12-2008, 08:35 AM
Most of us don't have the luxury of choosing which days we will fish. We fish when we can and are grateful to have a day to fish. However, should I ever retire and have days aplenty to pick as days on the water, I might consider moon phases. A hard cold wind will keep me nearer the fireplace than a wayward moon. Monktrout

Grumpy
11-12-2008, 08:58 AM
Farmer's Almanac;), i've used it for years on planting, hunting & fishing, it's close, of course a front coming/going will change that:rolleyes:
Having said that, i'll fish anyday that ends with an "Y", sunny or cloudy, hot or cold.
It's basically a gravitational pull that even makes some folk stupid, the wife used to hate it when she worked for the criminal court system:eek:

Grumpy

jmelrod
11-12-2008, 08:59 AM
I usually try to be out there when the pressure is rising. In theory the fishing is supposed to be great during that period. Also, during steady high pressure the fishing is supposed to be good. When low pressure moves in the fish generally become a little less active and when there is lingering low pressure the theory is that fishing will be at its lowest. There are some good articles online that I've read in the past about these ideas.

Worrgamesguy
11-12-2008, 10:49 AM
I have had luck fishing for warmwater species and trout as a storm front is moving in an area. Seems to make the fish very active. Once the front passes through the action seems to slow down.

Neal

Is that so? Seems good to me, I'll keep that in mind.

Most of us don't have the luxury of choosing which days we will fish. We fish when we can and are grateful to have a day to fish. However, should I ever retire and have days aplenty to pick as days on the water, I might consider moon phases. A hard cold wind will keep me nearer the fireplace than a wayward moon. Monktrout

This is very true! I wish I could be out there 7 days a week, but the only time I can really get away is during a break or on the weekend.

Farmer's Almanac;), i've used it for years on planting, hunting & fishing, it's close, of course a front coming/going will change that:rolleyes:
Having said that, i'll fish anyday that ends with an "Y", sunny or cloudy, hot or cold.
It's basically a gravitational pull that even makes some folk stupid, the wife used to hate it when she worked for the criminal court system:eek:

Grumpy

That's what it is called! So for fronts, do you use the weather channel's predictions? I understand fishing any time possible, but do the predictions in the Almanac usually hold true?

I usually try to be out there when the pressure is rising. In theory the fishing is supposed to be great during that period. Also, during steady high pressure the fishing is supposed to be good. When low pressure moves in the fish generally become a little less active and when there is lingering low pressure the theory is that fishing will be at its lowest. There are some good articles online that I've read in the past about these ideas.

Awesome, I have to get on Google to find more out!

ChemEAngler
11-12-2008, 11:49 AM
Do you use the weather channel's predictions as far as weather goes for that? So if I see 3 days of sunny weather, and then a partially cloudy or cloudy day, I should do well?

Trey,
This is the condition I prefer to fish in if I can. As Monk said, I don't have total freedom of picking a day at random and heading to the river. However, if I have an entire weekend to choose one day to fish, I will go on the cloudy day. I firmly believe it all comes back to what you have confidence in. If you feel that you can't catch anything on rainy days, you are going to be less likely to put in as much effort. Same goes for fly selection, people tend to gravitate to a particular pattern because they have had success with it in the past. Granted, the BHPT and zebra midge are very good patterns in their own right, they are common go-to patterns for lots of fisherman.

Fish when you can, enjoy each day, try to learn something new each trip, and develop your own comfort/confidence techniques and flys. The fish eat everyday, it is just a matter of finding out what they are eating and altering your approach to match their mood.

Keep asking questions, it helps you to develop as a fisherman. I can see the results of your inquisitiveness each successive fishing report you post.

Travis

JimmyC
11-12-2008, 02:11 PM
Just go fishing. If you're any good, you'll catch something. ;)

Worrgamesguy
11-13-2008, 11:07 AM
Trey,
This is the condition I prefer to fish in if I can. As Monk said, I don't have total freedom of picking a day at random and heading to the river. However, if I have an entire weekend to choose one day to fish, I will go on the cloudy day. I firmly believe it all comes back to what you have confidence in. If you feel that you can't catch anything on rainy days, you are going to be less likely to put in as much effort. Same goes for fly selection, people tend to gravitate to a particular pattern because they have had success with it in the past. Granted, the BHPT and zebra midge are very good patterns in their own right, they are common go-to patterns for lots of fisherman.

Fish when you can, enjoy each day, try to learn something new each trip, and develop your own comfort/confidence techniques and flys. The fish eat everyday, it is just a matter of finding out what they are eating and altering your approach to match their mood.

Keep asking questions, it helps you to develop as a fisherman. I can see the results of your inquisitiveness each successive fishing report you post.

Travis

Haha well thank you. Are you saying to step outside of the box and try something other than zebra midges and BHPTs once in awhile? I don't have much more than that in my fly box :biggrin: I've got a larger fly box, and the upper row is nothing but zebra midges. The next row is scuds and BHPTs, and I have a lot of EHCs for indicator use. There are also a few BWOs, mosquito imitations, San Juan worms, and streamers like buggers and muddler minnows. Basically, the Caney flybox.

Just go fishing. If you're any good, you'll catch something. ;)

Sometimes "good" just doesn't cut it!

EDIT: I will say that I think I am better than a lot of fly fishermen I see on the Caney. Most still have trouble casting more than about 15 feet without line problems, slap the water on both forward and backwards cast, and have a HUGE loop. I haven't been fishing long, but it does help my confidence. :smile:

3wt
11-16-2008, 07:12 PM
I agree with Jimmy C. If you are any good you can always catch something. I think the two best times to fish are when its raining and when its not.

Worrgamesguy
11-16-2008, 10:18 PM
I agree with Jimmy C. If you are any good you can always catch something. I think the two best times to fish are when its raining and when its not.

That's not always correct, though. I'm sure people like Lefty Kreh and Joan Wulff still get skunked a few times a year. Is it their fault for not being better fishers? No. Although it is hard to get skunked on the Caney, it happens!

heyski
11-18-2008, 08:10 PM
Back when I was in my teens, we would look at the lunar cycles before we went bass fishing. I sort of remember that there was some small truth about fishing being better during a full moon (day or night fishing).

Gatorbaiter
11-19-2008, 01:32 PM
This was my vote. I mainly saltwater fish though and lunar cycles are linked to tide cycles. A favorable tide and moving water is the key.

bigpopper
11-19-2008, 09:31 PM
Trey,
I allways try to check the Solunar Calendar. From my personal experience i have found that the "best times" for fishing are pretty much dead on. It's allways best to fish on a full/ new moon phase. A day or two before or a day or two after is best. The times a.m./ p.m. are also true too, sometimes it's like the dinner bell just rang when in proximity to the "best times" a.m. or p.m. The solunar calendar is found in the Farmer's Almanc. which i have used numerous time, and in numerous fishing magazines. Hope this helps. Good luck!:biggrin:

JWulff
11-30-2008, 09:13 PM
That's not always correct, though. I'm sure people like Lefty Kreh and Joan Wulff still get skunked a few times a year. Is it their fault for not being better fishers? No. Although it is hard to get skunked on the Caney, it happens!

Well, I'm glad that Worrgamesguy is an "expert" at fly fishing so quickly but I can't remember the last time that I got skunked while fishing. It has been quite a few years. The last was in 2000 on the Muskegon while steelhead fishing.
:p

Worrgamesguy
12-01-2008, 12:19 AM
Well, I'm glad that Worrgamesguy is an "expert" at fly fishing so quickly but I can't remember the last time that I got skunked while fishing. It has been quite a few years. The last was in 2000 on the Muskegon while steelhead fishing.
:p

Haha that's a good one. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you're not Joan, but I'm sure everyone has a bad day every once in awhile nonetheless.