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Lesson Still Unlearned

Rick Zieger
By Richard Zieger, Iowa
I went out on one of my normal lunch hour excursions. I decided to try one of my favorite flies just to see what would happen. I had just tied a few of them to resupply the boxes I take with me.

Cast the fly out and as it was dropping a crappie took it. I landed it and cast again. This time a crappie hit it but I jerked the fly out of the crappie's mouth because of my exuberance. It is terrible when you can see the fish take the fly not to give a yank. After a few more mishaps like that, I started to stifle myself. I was catching a fish, usually crappie, on almost every cast.

I was having a ball. I had another angler using minnows come over to see what I was doing. It was great fun to catch fish after fish while he was standing there. He said there must not be any fish where he was at so I suggested that we trade places. I continued to catch fish and he was getting a few.

I had caught several in a row, when the inevitable happened. The line broke or the knot came undone. Whatever it was I lost the fly. I tied another one on but it did not work the same way. I tied it the same way at the same time, but I was just not the same for some reason.

The stupid thing is that I had caught about 50 fish on this fly and had not taken the time to retie. I was caught up in catching the fish and did not think about that. How many times have I read or heard someone say that you need to retie often. Not this kid when the fish are biting.

Moral of the story is that I lost when one of those flies that seems to have some magic to it. This is because of the way it works. It looks like every other fly of that pattern. It is tied with the same materials, out of the same bags. But there is just something different about that fly. Maybe it is the way the Krystal Flash is tied in. Maybe it is the amount of marabou used in the pattern. I am not sure of the reasons but I think we all have had flies like that.

I don't think that I was fishing the second fly I tied on any differently. I think I can be fairly consistent in that. I do have confidence in that fly pattern.

I may have to put a note on each of my fly rods that says, "RETIE DUMMY." This gentle reminder may help.

Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick ziegeria@grm.net

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