continues his series on catching bigger basswith an ‘in-depth’ look at putting your ies where the fsh are.
he aster we retrieve our ies, themore casts that we need to make.The more casts we make, the lesstime our y will spend in the water. I our yis spending more time in the air rather than inthe water, we are less likely to catch fsh. Thecontinued act o casting and the disturbanceit causes may also decrease your chanceso catching a big fsh. I we slow down ourretrieves we will, by deault, make ewer castsand, hence, decrease our chances o spookinga big fsh by making bad casts or poorpresentations. But slowing down our retrievesdoes much more than that. So why should weslow down our retrieve in the frst instance?Under normal circumstances, we, generally,slow down our retrieve when the water
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temperature drops a little or water claritydeteriorates. You are orced to make theseadjustments to your retrieve because webelieve that fsh are oten sluggish in coolerwater and we need to give them time to seethe y when things are muddy. All o theseinuences are beyond our control, and aswe can’t change the weather or the water’scondition we must adapt to our surroundings.There’s nothing terribly wrong with that logic.Most o our bigger fsh take when our y is indeeper water, in act, a avourite tactic o mineis bigger ies fshed slowly, close to the shore,or even parallel to it.The chances are that you’re asking justhow big is big or how slow is slow, and howdeep is deep. A big y to me is something
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Fast-sinking shooting heads will helpput your y into the taking zone.Flies made rom syntheticmaterials are easier to castand sink more rapidly.