Fly Fishing Still Water
In the riffles and rapids no extraordinary skill is needed to lend life-like motion to the flies. Once the cast is made and the flies have alighted upon the water in the desired spot, they are caught by the eddies and drifted here and there in almost exact imitation of half drowned, struggling insects. In the still waters it is different. Here life must be imparted to the flies by skillful handling of rod and line; and, too, more care must be taken in the actual casting, that is, the flies must be dropped upon the water with all possible gentleness. A cast which in all probability would be a successful one in broken water might cause the flies to impact on the glassy surface of the pool with a splash quite sufficient to prevent any hope of a rise in the immediate vicinity.
The primary necessity for a successful cast over quiet water is that it be made gently. Then comes the necessity of so handling the tackle that the line shall not become slack; that the flies shall stay well up on the surface and appear alive; and that immediate advantage may be taken of a strike. Here again working the line with the left hand, stripping it through the guides, solves the problem. In this way the flies are under full control. Also your rod need not be raised much from a line parallel with the water, and when, as sometimes happens, a fish rises when the flies are close to you, the rod is in a position to handle the strike—which is not the case when it is pointing to the exact center of the high heavens.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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