New Fly Fishers…. Adjust your position.
One of the most common mistakes I see from young / new Fly fishers is that they stay in the same general area of the river. If they approach the river “River Left”, they often stay there, the same side of the river. Even in waters that wading across is not that difficult, these fishers cast and re-cast to the same rising fish. The famous Einstein Quote comes to mind “"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results “If they simply moved down, up or across stream and made a cast, from a different angle they might be surprised. I was fishing yesterday with a new fisherman. He could cast well and has experience landing some great fish. But…..
A fish would rise, he would make the cast and the fish would refuse. He then, made a second, third, fourth, etc , etc. He would then look into his fly box for a fly change. I would recommend him to move down river, and more to the center to eliminate the cross current drag. Again, a Fish rises, and him listening to my suggestions goes out the window. He immediately throws another cast from the same spot to the same fish getting the SAME results….. No take. Finally after almost having to demand that he moves, downriver a bit, his second cast (SAME FLY) gets him the goods. A truly nice brown trout.
Keep this in mind next time you are on the water. Rather than tying a new fly one, spend a couple of minutes to safely adjust your position… You might just be surprised.