How To Present The Fly (12 of 21)
Now that you're into position, let's talk about ways that you, on your own, or you and your guide can work together as a team, to place the fly as naturally as possible. Once you see a moving fish, where should you put the fly in relation to that fish? In shallow water, you want to lead it by just a little bit. You sometimes even want to put the fly right on the fish's head or right in front of his head. The fly's going to sink quickly to the fish's level.
When you get into deep water, it's more like a game of chess where you're more strategic, or it's more like shooting a bird in that you've got to let that fly sink to the fish's level; it's going to take longer. So, you've got to lead that fish, figure out where it's going to be, let the fly sink to the fish so that you can begin stripping right when the fly's at the fish's level.