Say you are on the river or lake, and you see all kinds of insects flying around. You see bugs in the air and bugs on the water. So you think: “I need to match the hatch” to catch these fish. Which for the uninitiated means: try to match the live flies you are witnessing with a good imitation. Here’s my tip: Try something different instead!
Tips & Techniques
Panfish are small fish that are no longer then the width of a frying pan. Most are members of the sunfish family. Individual names for varieties of panfish include: stumpknocker, shellcracker, pumpkinseed, longear sunfish and the more common black crappie, silver crappie, yellow breast, yellow perch or ring perch, sunnies, rock bass, warmouth, green sunfish and bluegills. Here’s how to catch & cook panfish…
I wrote this piece one Easter season. It has been picked up by an outdoors literature and art publisher.
John McEuen, one of the founders of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, gave me this album years ago. Acoustic Traveler is one of my favorites.
Fly casting is not about brute strength, it’s about timing, rhythm and grace. It’s about loading the rod and letting the rod work for you.