Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks- Weight shift/Attitude adjustment

Davy Wotton needs no introduction. for me, he’s one of those few people that when he speaks and shares his wisdom, i’m all ears because those words are the fruit of many, many years of experience and always lead to not only learning something new but also a new mental approach to that particular subject and today’s ‘Attitude Adjustment’ does just that.
it’s not just a super-easy way to very quickly get our flies at the right depth but also gets us thinking about how flies move and how we can alter those moments during the drift or retrieve.

here’s just a few text tidbits to wet your appetite:

“There is no doubt that bead headed fly patterns have a place but not always. That said by a simple process the fly fisher can for the same fly pattern used have many options in so far as altering how that fly will fish and by what attitude or movement it can be presented be that dead drift or with animated movement such as fishing wet fly, soft hackles and streamers.”

Davy Wotton 'Attitude Adjustment'
“So here is the deal. l carry with me a box which contains tungsten beads of different sizes and colors, size of bead is of course related to the weight. Many of my fly patterns are not adorned with a bead head included on the hook shank.
l now have many options to change the fly by the addition of bead size and color, or number of beads used, more to the point by the addition of the bead to the tippet or leader above the hook eye it will cause the fly to fish hook up.”

click the pic to access Davy’s complete article. enjoy !
and HERE for previous articles on Davy’s wisdom posted here on TLC

Fly fishing Tips & Tricks- Getting a Fly out of a Branch

let’s just say it happens, but ! this great tip from Leafbranch Studios shows us a way to get the fly back without:
a) risking breaking the rod
b) loosing the fly where it might snag an animal* whilst emptying the fly box and breaking leaders
c) spooking fish by shaking branches back and forth or going there to unhook it
d) feeling a little less dumb for having snagged the tree in the first place…

sometimes the tippet and fly wrap themselves around a or several branches or the hook point can be deeply imbedded in wood so this method doesn’t always work and we’ll have to similarly point the rod straight at the snag and instead of plucking, pull the line until something snaps but Kurt’s technique should be the first thing to try. enjoy ! (and STOP casting into branches !!!)

EDIT- embedding rights for this video have been removed since this article was posted but you can still see it by clicking HERE

* from the ‘STOP casting into branches’ link above- “Lastly, I’d like to point out that flies left in trees obviously don’t catch fish but can catch, wound and/or kill a whole host of other animals like birds, small mammals, bats, monkeys and whatever else that climb or fly through trees and waterside vegetation and let’s not forget other anglers and people that like to enjoy the waterways as much as we do. Much more than the flies themselves or the gutting shame that occurs when I snag obstacles, its this last point that makes me want to be extra careful.”