Dave and Amelia Jensen, of Jensen Fly Fishing in Alberta, crank out these wonderful how-to videos at a remarkable pace during their annual New Zealand adventure. Here, Dave is casting to a fish holding in very shallow water. When the fish won’t rise to a dry, Dave adds a dropper, but the really important part is the adjustment that he makes to ensure a hookup. Here’s Dave’s description:
There are fish that are going to get caught. This was one. 6 weeks without much rain was tempered by the cooler than normal weather. A fish that has gone into ‘enduring’ mode to get through the drought period, most likely by shutting down somewhat and conserving energy. We chose this stream as there had been a fresh the day before and the water levels came up 5″ vertically. This pushed the lethargic fish from the deeper slots to the inside edge to avoid current flow. Dave shares some thoughts to catching it and why the fly changes and dropper depth are important and needed.
When water is low, anglers must adjust their tactics, and it’s cool to see how these slight tweaks can make all the difference.