We Talking About Practice?
Recently I was able to experience saltwater fly fishing for the first time thanks to my lovely wife of twenty years in the low county of Charleston South Carolina. Tanya and I was celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and she had the idea of fishing. We booked a guide several months ago and I started practicing my double haul cast since here in the mountains we rarely need to double haul.
As someone who guides I appreciate it when a client takes the time to practice some basic cast. It allows us to focus more on fishing than on fly presentation. With that in mind I wanted to make sure I was as prepared as I could be. I also made sure I spoke with experienced saltwater fly anglers so I would have a better understanding of what to expect. Everyone said don’t trout set so I practiced strip sets after every practice cast.
I also made sure I had excellent optics. I was hoping that I would be able to spot some tailing Red Fish which is harder than you would think. I certainly could have done better but I compare it to us trout guides that can spot trout when others can’t. I learned quickly that seeing the fish was super important.
I did hook a Red Fish but was unable to land it. I did learn several things that is better suited to discuss in person than in a blog. I will say I enjoyed the new challenge and I look forward to trying it again soon.
My advice to you is that if you book any type of guided fishing or hunting trip you need to invest in yourself by properly practicing. If you know that you are lacking in proper skills that will take away from your experience seek instruction prior to going on your trip. Don’t wait until your hunting guide gets you within 450 yards of the elk to learn that you can’t make that shot. Basically you need to know your limits and be honest with your guide.
Over many years I have learned a lot of different techniques that aides in casting into tight windows for mountain trout. I knew I was lacking in double hauling so I worked on it and I still do each week. I find the time practicing to be very similar to shooting archery. I find peace and relaxation while practicing.
When you get home from the office or off the job site grab your rod and practice. Blow off some steam and get better by investing in yourself.