Here’s a brilliant installment in the video series “The Bank” from Dave and Amelia from Jensen Fly Fishing. Here they offer a couple of important pieces of advice for fishing to picky trout, especially big ones.
Here’s Dave Jensen’s description of the action:
A few things to look at in this video: When the fish refuses the larger sedge pattern, I don’t cast to it again. I wait for it to move back home, station, and get comfortable once again. What you don’t see is the five minutes in time where I deliberately change my fly to a smaller pattern. It’s a tactic we use on fish that have refused. Force a break/rest by tying on new tippet or a different fly, and go with a smaller pattern. In the time it takes to change something or to eat a snack, the fish is usually rested and back feeding, less wary and skittish. The other thing to watch is how side pressure is applied to the fish to systematically pull it with consistent pressure from the current into a calm pocket. It’s only when the fish is coming into the soft pocket and coming to me, facing the net, that I lift the rod to get its head up to net it. Lifting any time sooner and the fish would respond to being lifted, bolting back out to the current and into the rapid downstream, which isn’t good. But all turned out well.
The title of the video comes from the fly Dave uses, an emerging-caddis pattern ties by former Trout Bum of the Week, Grant Bench.