Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Rhythm Around Us...Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

One of the most amazing elements for me in fly fishing is watching hatches.  To truly appreciate fly fishing, one must learn to "match the hatch" ...But, in other times, finding the trout's "feeding rhythm" is duly as I have learned in the recent weeks. 

Here is a trailer of a summer film that Fly Fishing Frenzy is putting out soon... 

HATCH - Fly Fishing DVD Trailer from Gin Clear Media on Vimeo.

When the surface is covered with insects, you must do better than "match the hatch" to draw the trout's attention to your fly.  The secret is matching the trout’s "feeding rhythm" instead of matching the hatch.

I like to use patterns that imitate as closely as possible the food the trout are feeding on. Matching the hatch is a game that most of us experienced anglers play.  There are times, however, when it just isn’t practical to match the hatch. Trout will thumb their noses at you, when there is too much of a good thing.  Sometimes the best way to deal with such a simple creature is to simplify things.  That’s when you need to convince the trout to play your game.  When they get into a tight "feeding rhythm", they usually don’t scrutinize their food before they take it.  So, if you see a trout starting to poke his nose up, and there are ten naturals in the area, you might get better results if your fly looks different from the naturals. Not only is the fly easier for you to see, it is easier for the trout to see.  Try it next time...

A brown trout is sipping along the bank… it seems to come up every 14 seconds… fish rises, and you cast two seconds later… it often doesn’t matter if you make a perfect shot; that fish is not ready to eat.  But then, fish comes up… you make your cast 12 seconds later… you find your fly in the right place, at the right time.  Bingo.

Rhythm...go catch some!!


  1. I needed some rhythm yesterday...ha! Great post :-)

  2. Well that's a huge "Duh" that I've totally missed. Huh...I need to start paying better attention (and learn to count higher than 8).


  3. I'm just sharing what has been working for me the last few weeks...maybe not for everyone...but, give it a try!