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Old 07-15-2003, 06:02 AM
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Has this ever happened to on the Flats?

Ok so I spot the fish and as they pass by throw my fly in front of the lead fish. The fish changes direction and is interested in my offering. As I strip in the fly the fish charges the fly but at the last second changes direction. What should I have done? This is why I keep coming back. Its the challenge of beating a smart fish on the Flats. When it all comes together it will be mission accomplished.
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:05 AM
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Spelling error in the title. Should have read: Has thie ever happened to you on the Flats. Sorry about that. FishHawk
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Old 07-15-2003, 07:03 AM
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Hmmm.... let me think... no, it's NEVER happened.

You can be sure you're not alone in that category! Some days are full of follows with few takes to show for them. These fish are 10, 14, even 17 years old out there and have probably had their share of lip piercings. It takes a little more to win these fish over, especially during this invertebrate funk they're into nowadays. There are many, many little adjustments and subtleties that come into play and each may tweak your game into a battle with a striped submarine that day. Flats fishing is a game of subtleties, there is no panacea only hard-won success for head-shaven students of the art.

As someone who fishes the flats a lot, I an tell you that as much as some things stay the same out there others change dramatically from tide to tide. One day the fish can be very grabby, offering hard takes even when your cast is poor - other days you could do everything to perfection and they thumb their noses at you. I am not talking two different spots or tides, I am talking repeating the same tide phase on a spot where I absolutely crushed them one day with keeper counts in the teens and a few of them real pigs to the very next day when the fish were clearly there and following actively yet to catch one was nearly impossible.

There are so many little things an angler can do to help the fish close the deal. And the list grows with each day I spend there. So many subtle tweaks, and little trials to try. Disprove yesterdays hot ticket and introduce another idea today, a vicious cycle until some of them stick and stick for life.

But I love it that way!

If every striper that charged or followed the fly ate it, I would probably be a trout fisherman. Since we see several hundred good fish on the flats on a good day, I am elated that they are as challenging as they are. Even as they are today, there are things the angler can do to up the number of hookups per day. These are the things that make the pursuit worthwhile day after day, IMHO.

I have a pretty good handle on the situation out there, and I attribute my success to subtleties. They don't come easy!
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Old 07-15-2003, 11:06 AM
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Sorry, I have no answer to that just trial and error. Juro said it...
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Fishawk;
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Count your blessings and cast again!!
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