How to Fish the Flies
The one thing which definitely distinguishes the fly fishing beginner from the fly-fishing veteran is the manner in which the cast of flies is handled. If, with some fly-fishing experience to make your judgment competent, you follow the veteran fly-caster as he wades down the stream, you will see that always the flies alight where they will do the most good, that the manner of handling the cast varies with the water and other conditions, that the cast passes over every bit of likely water, and that always the flies are fished with malice aforethought and with little or nothing of the chuck-and-chance-it about the process.
But if you choose to share as a spectator—quite the best way—the varied fortunes and misfortunes of the fly-casting novice on the stream, you will see another sort of fishing. Everything is haphazard and without definite plan; good water and poor are fished out with equal futility; in fact, the novice, provided he can get the flies out on the water, somehow, anyhow, or anywhere, and again retrieve them, is satisfied that he is fly-fishing and damns the stream as trout deserted when, in consequence of his methods, or rather, lack of method, the results are nil. To put it in another way: The manner in which the flies are fished distinguishes the fly-fisherman from the mere fly-caster, whether or not the fly-caster, as such, be expert or otherwise.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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