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  1. #1
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    Default Success At Last

    A good friend of mine who lives in Sarasota, Florida once told me that one has to pay his dues when fishing in a new area. We were fishing in Sarasota Bay at the time and he was catching fish and I was not. After several fishless trips, and after learning all the nuances of the area and the fish there, I started catching fish too. I was reminded of my friend's wisdom after being fishless in the Park for some time now. Well, the lovely Anna gave me a wonderful gift for Father's Day. She hired David Knapp's associate guide, Travis Williams, to take me fishing and teach me what I needed to know to catch trout in the Park.

    I never really understood the "high stick nymphing" technique (with a strike indicator) with a 10 foot rod and fishing a nymph as a dropper was also new to me. Travis taught me how to employ the high stick method and how to rig and fish a dry fly w/ a nymph dropper. It paid off as by the end of the day I caught and released five trout and two of them were in the 13 to 14 inch range, chunky and full of fight. It was a great day and Travis really took good care of me. He was right by my side while we were wading and he kept me from falling in a couple of times. Thanks to all of the folks here on the forum for suggesting that I fish with a guide to learn the basics of fishing in the Park and a special thanks to David Knapp and Travis Williams. I think I can go out on my own now and catch some trout.
    Joe

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    Congrats! The dry/dropper combo is my go-to setup. I always catch fish but I'm sure there's other tips/tricks that a guide could show me to increase my success rate.

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    Thank you Mrs. Anna, and thank you Travis, for being a great guide. A little professional assistance can open up a whole new world. I wish you continued success.

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    You cannot go wrong with David Knapp and friends. He is a good fellow and seems to always try his best to help others.
    “Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will, & creative imagination.
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    to choose, to respond, to change.”



  5. #5
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    Great to hear! Just remember when you try this on your own, nobody will be there to prevent falling so choose your steps carefully

  6. #6
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    Yeah, I know I have to be careful wading. I bought some felt bottom wading shoes so that should help. Also, I will not wade too far out and only cast to places I can reach (there are plenty of those). I'm going to try to post some pictures of the trip.
    Joe

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