(PS: comment or email me to update the list if you have a variation or a flat out awesome tip to share)
1. Roll Casting to get un-stuck from logs/debris
2. Casting while under short cover/tree branches
3. Tandem with Spin Gear
4. Cover open water: grid-style
5. Label your fly line
Efficiently switching line on the water is key to putting your flies in front of quality fish, how can you dredge up that smallie in the pool of the river without throwing some sinking line on with that clouser? Take a sharpie and label your lines in some way to let you know quickly what line you have ready to go. You can use my system shown at the right or come up with your own "dot" meanings. The point is being able to switch between lines/spools quickly and efficiently.
6. Hold your panfish/crappie like this
7. Steering fish from cover
8. Be patient with poppers!
There are no rules when using poppers for any type of fish. Sometimes the slow tease and drag works well, sometimes the violent 2 ft. strips work well, but sometimes you just need to let the popper rest. I came to this realization after having little luck one morning; I had decided to change flies with my popper still sitting about 20 ft out while I rifled through my fly box, I was then surprised by the giant splash it took while my head was down. That day wouldn't have been nearly as successful had I not realized to just pop and leave the thing alone for a bit. (seriously though... like 2 minutes...)
BTW... These work awesome!
9. Shoe Goo is a must for waders
There's not a whole lot to say but wow. This stuff is essentially of the same quality, in my opinion, as the more expensive stuff you might by from big dealers... just way cheaper. This tube cost five bucks and I repaired the 3 holes in my waders and boot without using 1/10th of the stuff. Not a leaky drop for the rest of the season. I picked up "leaky" waders for 30 bucks from a swap shop (the nice neoprene thinsulated stuff) for our annual steelheading trip and brought the junked waders back to life for only 5 bucks. I never go on a trip without my Goo. (Click the pic to grab some)
10. Grab a canoe
11. Pre-Soak your wet flies
12. Guard your shadow
13. Keep the water at your casting side for ponds/lake fishing
14. Polarized sunglasses and a short billed black hat
15. Always place your gear on the hood!
Place your gear on the hood of your car to prevent slamming them in trunks, rolling them up in windows, or even driving off with them on top of the car! You'll notice them bouncing off the hood when you get in. This is probably the most practical'est tip and money-saving tip on the list.
16. Stretch your line or leader
17. Don't Stand on your line!
18. Follow your drift with the rod tip
19. Wax up your ferrules
20. De-Barb your hooks
If you plan on frying your fish up, then by all means keep the barb.
20.5 Keep those de-barbed hooks sharp!
21. Wade upstream
22. Fish structure in a parallel fashion
23. Safety Pins for similar small fly storage
24. Hang your net like this...
25. Customize some gloves for cold weather wading
26. Water-proof the hat
I have a woolly thicker hat for the winter and a mesh lighter hat for the summer. The hat needs to block the sun and aid your visibility as well as keep a mild amount of rain from soaking your head and face. I like to spray my hat down inside and out with the same stuff they use to waterproof tent material for camping. Simply coat your hat with a moderately generous amount of the spray and let in air out for a couple days. This will prevent the soaked head feeling next time a little drizzle shows up on the water.
The Redhead stuff ($6) works great on boots as well as anything else cloth, just go here and look for RedHead waterproof spray.
27. Get some creekin' shoes
Let me know if you have some awesome trick or tip that you think would help others, I'll add it up here to the list as well as be grateful for helping me out!
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