As the car carried me to the creek, the clouds began to roll in and the evening brought with it that dank, lonely feel that the post winter river can create. The creek almost felt lonesome in its travel through the valley. I was there in search of solitude, and this evening, I would have no trouble finding it. With nothing hatching and the creeks seemingly lifeless, I patiently took my time getting ready.
I decided to rig up a small attractor pattern and hit all of the likely looking spots. This section of the river avoids the road and seems to carry its fair share of fish. Fortunately for me, the fish were willing. I found fish in every likely looking spot. The trout were both hungry and aggressive. I fished as far downstream as I needed to satisfy my need for solitude.
Normally on my way back, I jump on a trail and walk back to the Jeep. Tonight, I decided to tie on a Brahma Bugger and fish my way back through some of the deeper runs. I do not fish streamers much, and I decided to work on my strip set. I have a bad habit of wanting to raise the rod to set the hook while streamer fishing. This often leads to missed fish. This is a hard habit to break, but I worked hard to focus on a solid strip set with every strike.
I managed another half dozen fish on the bugger and felt much better about my hook setting abilities. Like everything, I have to practice and focus in order to get better. Fly fishing is no different. I try to practice different techniques early every year. This allows me to stay sharp , so that I can utilize every aspect of the fly rod and flies when the fishing really heats up, or when I find myself on an unfamiliar river with no hatches or rising fish to be found.
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