Two days into your muskie trip and you haven’t even had a tug or a follow.
You are trying to catch the fish of 10,000 casts, you tell yourself, but c’mon this is getting ridiculous. Perseverance is what separates the men from the boys. Catching an apex predator on a fly is not supposed to be easy, but most things worth doing usually aren’t. Keeping your head in the game can be as important as the right fly. Here are a couple of things that I do to stay positive and mentally sharp.
Believe that every cast could be the one.
It may be the first one of the trip; it may be 3 days away. Keep casting … it’s GOING to happen!!!
Find a good routine.
If you’re fishing a sink tip, find the right count down. Strip, pause, strip, pause; go into your figure eight at the boat. Find a routine that gets your fly in front of the fish and settle in.
Think about your strip-set.
There is nothing worse than finally getting a fish to eat and then proceeding to raise the rod trout style. Anytime your fly stops or bumps anything – Strip-set, and strip-set like a man.
Take a break in the middle of the day.
Go catch some smallmouth or trout. Most apex predators are active morning and evening. Don’t wear yourself out casting huge flies with the sun at high noon. At the end of the day all you can do is put the fly in front of the fish and keep your eye on the prize. Happy Hunting!!
By member Seth Byler