Piscator wrote:I was looking at shrimp in a bait tank last year and the main thing I noticed were those two dark eyes. Every pattern must have a good pair of eyes.
I wonder, probably more than I should, on what decision making process a fish goes through from noticing the fly to the eat (or refusal). I surely have witnessed refusals by sight casted redfish on paddle tails only to have them moments later take a fly. Why did that fish make the decision to commit to the eat of one and the denial of the other? I hear stuff that it really doesn't matter what is thrown at them, the fish will eat about anything, but that seems to be mostly BS. I do believe that on some days the fly needs to be almost entirely correct to get the take. Some days, a jalapeño or any piece of fluff will work, other days, the size, color, shape, and movement better be about right to get the eat.
I've had plenty of eats on my flies. Last time out, I saw fish that went for the fly and somehow missed or aborted the take at the last second. WHY? Something was incorrect. The presentation, the fly, something. I connected with fish, some got fooled, some didn't. What can I control on the equation? The fly and how it's made. The cast and how it's presented. You work on what's in your control.