Fly Fishing Instructional-Clinch River, TN [Sept. 2011]
I was able to get out on the water for about an hour today. I thought I would take my camera and make a short instructional. I hope this helps give some of you pointers and maybe some different insight on fishing the Clinch. I was fishing a wet fly in the video called "The Brenda Jo"! It is a pattern I created and it is named after my mom.:biggrin: I was fishing caddis flies yesterday evening to a rise and they were working exceptional.
I figured I would try and make this video to help illustrate some of my ideas. I am not trying to say my style is correct or the best. I just wanted to share a moment of my time on the water to help others.
-Keeping the line aligned with your fly to the tip of the rod to your hand (better strike sensitivity and line management).
-Use slow - eradict bumps for the action.
-Vary your retrieve rates.
-Keep your hands close to the core area of your body to limit body movement and maintain optimal control.
-Quick release of fish by letting up on the retrieve and allowing smaller fish to release.
-Focus on keeping the rod 65 degree or more angle when retrieving the fish to utilize it as drag control and to keep larger fish from breaking the line. Allow the fish to flex the tip when he runs and feed him just enough line to maintain the balance of tension.
-If you get hung on bottom structure; pull your line taught and induce a roll in to the line to send out energy through the line and popping the fly loose on the back end. This is similar to the technique of pulling a spinning rod line tight and popping the line at the reel with your free hand.
-I generally like to present this fly at a horizontal angle for best results.
-Spit to your left side and far enough to not get on yourself:)
Video Link Part-1: [Hooking and Landing a handful of fish in about 5-minutes; some very small-put the principle is there; snapping line/fly on backcast at the end of the video:)]
Video Link Part-2: [Changing the angle of approach to a horizontal target; adding variability]
Video Link Part-Reference Video (Underwater View of Fly Being Retrieved):
*Sorry for the mumbling...I thought it would come out better...
5 General Fly Selection Factors to Consider
I try to determine my fly patterns based on these factors illustrated in the book by:
I there are several factors going on in this type of presentation and working the fly this way maximizes the amount that come in to play. Thus; increasing the strike rate. I will try and elaborate on this when I get more time; maybe this evening.
Fly Fishing: the Lifetime Sport/David W. and Cheryl Young.
- The size means the foodstuff’s measurements in terms of thickness, width, and length. Foods smaller than a half inch are best imitated as to their exact length; on the other hand, foods larger than a half inch are best imitated as to its exact width. Choose your fly selection accordingly.
- The texture is the overall feel as to the food’s softness or rigidity. A fish’s mouth readily detects texture and a too soft or too hard fly will be readily rejected while a good match will be ingested.
- The shape is the food’s silhouette. This outline is an important consideration in matching the fly. Suggestive and impressionistic flies that match the foodstuff’s three dimensional shape are the most successful. Suggestive flies can match a multitude of possible foods while exact imitations sometimes restrict the number of matches.
- The color match is helpful but it is not as important as the other elements of imitation. Natural food’s color and patterns can vary in shades and tones. Select your fly as to the general color pattern of the natural.
- Action is the foodstuff’s natural movement. The presentation and the retrieve mimics this motion. Action depicts a living movement that fish key upon while feeding.
An outline of the foodstuffs will be presented. Volumes of text could be written on the huge variety of foodstuffs eaten by fish. There are thousands of varieties of both land born and stream born insects.
*Try to classify your findings into one of the following general groups. Match the natural food’s size, texture, color, action, and silhouette with one of your flies.