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Learning by Observing

By May 22, 2014 No Comments

image_1 Quite a few years ago I began guiding at Falcon’s Ledge with the idea that all my trips would be on the rivers. I soon found out that not all of my clients would be mobile enough to trek through stream beds and fast moving water. The alternative would be to fish the 8 small still waters on the property. The stillwaters are small and medium in size and are easily fishable from the shoreline. I learned a lot about the stillwaters more each time I guided. One of the most important things I learned was to observe what was going on around the water and in the water. One spring afternoon I was guiding a gentlemen from Mesa, Arizona. We made it down to one of my favorite stillwater to try and catch the Callibaetis hatch. The hatch had been pretty consistent so I knew that we could go down and catch a few fish on dries.   As we began fishing I noticed that the fish weren’t very active. It was strange because the bugs were out and the hatch was underway. After an hour, still no sign of any fish interested in the Callibaetis. I walked around to see if I could see any fish moving. I noticed a school of 100 minnows swimming very close to shore. I kept walking and looking for any sign of activity. I then heard a splash that sounded like there was a battle taking place. I didn’t think anything of it until I saw another school of sin but this time I noticed a big brown following them. The light bulb went off. The fish were keying in on minnows this day. I immediatley switched out a parachute adams for a small black woolly bugger. We waited for the school to swim by and he made a cast just beyond where the minnows were headed. The big brown was  cruising the edges looking for a good meal. image 2 The rest of the day was great! We fished minnow patterns and caught aggressive fish. If I hadn’t been observant on why the fish weren’t interested in the hatch we wouldn’t have had a such a successful day.]]>

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