At the time, I thought this was pretty interesting, but I was still struggling with basics like how to tie on a fly and tell the difference between a dry and a nymph. Plus, I was more focused on steelhead and trout were just a fun diversion.
Fast forward a few years and hundreds of river hours to this year. After signing up for a Montana trip that was principally to be about streamers, guide and friend Jon Ray recognized we needed to get my game up. So we spent a day early this Spring floating the Manistee and learning how to cast, spot good water, and so many other minute details to ensure I was able to represent Michigan well in Big Sky Country.
A few pointers that really helped me:
- Don't just watch your target spot; keep one eye on what's coming and time your casts. If there's a decent hole and followed by one that's just MONEY without enough time to set-up a second cast, hold off.
- A quick roll cast is a nice way to get all that heavy line back to the surface and set you up for a solid next cast.
- Unless you hook a monster, stay off the reel. Strip 'em in fast and hard once they hit.
- Don't slow down when you get a chase (the natural reaction). Trout are fast, if they want it, they'll catch up.