Top Ten Habits of Great Anglers

Every notice some anglers just seem to always catch or land more fish than others? Why is that? Let’s discuss some of these common traits these anglers all practice. Read below and put some of these practices in place. You just might catch more fish?

1.   Check your knots.  Every single time they tie a knot, a good angler moistens the knot and gives the knot and leader a good tug to make sure it’s strong and has seated correctly.  Every time, period!

2.     Check your leaders. Great anglers always check their leaders after every landed fish or snag. Always take the time to re-tie and do not be lazy.

3.     Sharp Hooks.  Good anglers will check the hook point to make sure it’s sharp.  If it’s not, either they sharpen it or replace it. Sharper Hooks Catch more Fish Period! If you don’t believe this you are in denial.

4.     Organize your gear. This is where preparation meets opportunity, having the right flies, bait, and gear for the current situations. Staying organized is a must and will translate into more fish.  

5.     Fish the closest water first.  Great Anglers always make short casts into the near water first in the run and work outwards. Fish move around and sometimes are right next to the bank. Don’t educate the fish with hero drifts. Be patient you will get to that water and cover it all.

6.     Presentation: A good angler thinks before he or she does and delivers the right presentation in the right place at the right time. After he or she has studied the run or pool.

7.      Keep your offering in the water.  It’s simple mathematics. The longer your bait or fly is in the water the better chances you have of catching more fish. Successful anglers are always in the water.

8.     Water and terrain features. A good angler is not only studying his surroundings above the water and but below it as well. Imagine what it might look like underwater by following the contours of the above surroundings. This alone can lead you to some great hiding places for fish.

9.     Analyze current conditions.  Manyvariables can impact what kind of day you’re going to have. Make changes to your techniques based on the weather, water conditions and temperatures. You must adapt based on the day you’re given to fish.

10.  Life Long Journey.  Good anglers know that they can learn something about fishing from almost anybody and every time they are out fishing.  Good anglers crave the knowledge and seek it out. Be it online, books, seminars, magazines, or videos. Great Anglers talk fishing a lot with buddies.

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