7. Fish the heaviest tippet / leader the fish will let you fish. You are able to land the fish quicker and that’s good for the fish. By using the heaviest tippet possible you give yourself more room for error when playing a large fish.
8. Hook sets are free. Set the hook! Set the hook! Set the hook! When indicator fishing, if your indicator behaves in an unnatural manner set the hook. This will be one of two things- a fish or anything other than a fish. I am an optimist and I always assume it’s going to be a fish until proven otherwise.
Often times when dryfly fishing you can lose track of the exact location of your fly. If a fish rises in the vicinity of where I think my fly is, I will set the hook. More than once have I been shocked to find that a fish ate my fly when I thought my fly was in a different location.
9. Take a systematic approach to fishing a piece of water. Break down the water into sections. If fishing a deep run, first start at the bottom of the run and fish the water closest to you. After covering the close in water take a step or two into the river so your cast will reach the middle the run then finally make casts across the river from you. After covering the water across from you take 5-6 steps upstream and repeat the process. This systematic approach will allow you to cover all of the water in a piece of river.
To be continued…..