A: Don't start casting the minute you see a fish rise. I know it's hard
to resist, but you'll be less frustrated and have more fun if you hold off.
When you spot rising fish, first observe and make a plan before you make a
cast. Watch the fish rising for a while. Fish could be cruising in a
slower pool instead of staying in one position. Or, there may be more than
one fish rising, and a quick glance at the water may not betray that second
fish. The worst thing you can do is throw your fly line on top of a fish,
so make sure there is not a second fish rising between you and your target,
or make sure the fish you see rising is not moving.
B: OK, he's facing to the right of that. He's facing to the right of that.
C: There's two fish.
B: Oh, yeah.
C: Got one of them.
B: Nice, nice, nice. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. That was awesome,
man. That was cool.
A: If the fish spook, they'll typically just slide into deeper water, and
you won't see them again for quite a while. It's frustrating to find a
good fish feeding, and then spoil everything by scaring it. But by
planning your first cast, you can make this most important cast count.