Im not an expert in American Folk, but I know Pete Seeger once said,“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
After the fly fishing show earlier this year (and around the same time as my last post) a friend refered me to a book he just read “Dynamic Nymphing”. Little did I know, this book has become the backdrop of a season of intense education and little experience… In fact, at this point in the year I can count on two hands how many times I’ve actually gone out to fish!
As much as I would rather be soaking up experience over education, I cant complain after reading George Daniel’s book. Its given me an entirely different look into the sport! I’ve gone from making my own flies to building my own leaders! Aside from saving money, the most valuable source of information is applying the correct leader to the right situation. The trout in North Carolina are not as particular to fly selection as they are elsewhere, so instead of “matching the hatch” presentation is key, therefore matching the leader to the right situation can make or break your trip… and since trips are at a minimum right now, I cant afford to come back home empty-handed!
Between now and next weekend I hope to test a few of the leaders I’ve made on a local river. Raleigh is obviously too far from a cold stream, however, we have sunfish who are more than happy to snack on small nymphs and will be the subjects to my experiments!