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 Post subject: HEADS OR TAILS- casting techniques for tailing fish
PostPosted: October 15th, 2008, 9:26 am 

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Heads or Tails
When a fish is tailing, it is feeding with its head close to or against the bottom. There are several factors working against you here. First, the fish's area of awareness is only a few inches. It's also focused on getting its prey, and it is nervous due to the shallow water and vulnerability to predators.

So, you must place a careful cast, often within a foot or less, and quietly enough not to spook it. If the fish has its face buried in the grass, you may have to practically knock it in the head to get a response. Fortunately, with its attention diverted, you can stalk very close to your target and make repeated short casts, especially if the water is off-color or muddy. And you'll typically want a weighted fly that will dive down to where the tailer is working.

While making these repeated casts, try to figure out which way the fish is headed — usually against the tide or wind. If you can anticipate its next move, reposition yourself and cast repeatedly until you hook up.

Also, if you think you know the fish's line of travel, cast the fly a couple of feet in that direction and have the fly waiting on the bottom. If the fish moves toward the fly, twitch it a little here and there, but not much. This sometimes works miracles on stubborn fish. If a red or bone is tailing and moving, tailing mid moving, wait until it ceases tailing and starts cruising. Then cast to it.

Finally, one last bit of important advice: The best place to cast the fly is wherever you know it has to be to get a response. Don't be too careful; if you do, you are going to miss a lot of fish. Take a risk. If you know it has to be a foot from his nose, go for it.

Chico Fernández is a renowned fly fishing instructor, lecturer, and author who developed or helped develop many of the modern saltwater flyfishing techniques and fly patterns in use today. Chico's most recent book is Fly-Fishing for Bonefish (Stackpole Press, 192 pages, August 2004). This article was first published in Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine.

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 Post subject: Re: HEADS OR TAILS
PostPosted: October 15th, 2008, 2:13 pm 
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I think that Chico has it figure out Mr. Green

Good post!


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 Post subject: Re: HEADS OR TAILS- casting techniques for tailing fish
PostPosted: November 1st, 2008, 5:11 am 

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Rick, Very well said here! To me casting accuaracy and stealth matters most. Great post!... Very Happy

Capt.Rich Santos

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