Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…………………….???
As in Life Fly Fishing is all about these.
The first one is do you go or not?
Well the first decision may well concern the weather.
What does the Met Office have in store for us?
I would suggest unless there is a specific warning and you live reasonably close then as an old friend used to say “Always Go, Always See”
Particularly as the Coldingham Loch is in the rain shadow of the Cheviot Hills we have a bit of a micro climate and although the forecast may not be great it is often OK at the Loch.
I was out on the Loch last week and although the forecast was for a strong and increasing wind it was not too bad. The direction is also very important and that day it was around South West and so home bay was sheltered.
The wind was strong but pretty much all the Loch was accessible and at the end of the day I found rising fish in a bit of shelter and had a further 8 fish in the last two hours and plenty more offers.
Of course if you live a fair distance away then the decision becomes more difficult.
So anyway you arrive at the Loch and you put up a rod and fix on a reel and line followed by a leader and some flies.
These are all decisions you have made. Subconsciously or not.
I would suggest that the first decision you should make is what flies/method are you going to start with. This decision should be made with as much information as possible.
Amongst the things you may wish to consider are; The Weather, the Log Book, Speaking to Gareth and Carmel and perhaps any other anglers around especially Residents, the latest Loch Report, Your Diary. Maybe Facebook friends or the like.
You may also wish to wander down to the waters edge and have a look there and perhaps in the vegetation and cobwebs.
So with as much information as possible you make your decision on which method and flies.
This should be your first decision.
Obviously if you decide on size 18 Dries your next decision will probably be a floating line. However what size will that be? In order to fish fine leaders I would suggest a 5 weight and a 5 weight rod.
If you have decided on some Lures you then need to decide which line. Floater, Intermediate or Sinker. Then the rod which may well be a 7 or 8 weight.
If I am using bigger dries I prefer a 9 foot 6 inches six weight for easier repeated casting.
What I am trying to say that you should start with the flies and method and work up from there and not the rod down.
Mind you if you only have the one rod………………………… You may have to buy some more!
So the next decision is where to start?
If you are on a boat do you anchor or drift?
A pod of rising fish may make that decision for you but if there is not much showing then a drift is often a better way of locating taking fish.
The idea is to try and apply some logic to your decisions that may be better than sticking to your favourites or what worked last week or last month.
Have a think about your ideas and perhaps bounce them off your Boat Partner. You could then perhaps agree to start on two different methods to find out what is working more quickly.
I recently did some Tuition with an experienced angler who said his favourite fly was an Olive Nomad.
Now having a favourite is fine but what if it does not work that day or is only partially successful.
Well that gets the day off to a bad start and confidence dips.
However if you have went through a logical process using all the information available and adding in your previous experience and it doesn’t work what do you do?
Well blame the Fish and the Fishery Owners of course!
It cannot be your fault can it???
CAN IT? NO!!!! Ha Ha