Keep Stripping that fly line
Published by:Author: El Pescador Tue December 18, 2007
No ... we're not talking about removing your clothes. Having spent literally thousands of hours on the flats, I have learned that often, just when I'm about to give up and cast again to another fish, a fish eats my fly right next to the boat. Why this is so is a subject of some debate, but the fact remains that a fish we see and cast to at 80 or 90 feet magically seems to disappear, and then right at the boat he eats.
The moral of this story is quite simple ... do not give up on a cast, especially in cloudy water or under any circumstances where visibility is limited. This is often the case where the bottom and the fish are the same color and are difficult if not impossible to tell apart. Under these conditions keep stripping until you basically run out of flyline (you do not want to bring the last of the flyline inside your rod tip) and you will be rewarded. One of the most frequent things your guide will say to you during the course of a day on the flats will probably be "KEEP STRIPPING!!!"