I recently started writing a piece on angler position, inspired by the advice Perrin’s guide gave him on the McCloud river a few months ago. Angler positioning was the big lesson the guide tried to instill in him. “Get closer”, “take a few steps to the right”, “The shot will be a lot easier if you walk up 5 meters” etc etc.. While Perrin was more than capable of making a lot of the shots from the positions he was in, the guides rationale was why make things harder than they need to be? Why mend when you could just get closer and take mending out of the equation? Why make a shot harder than it needs to be and risk *****ing it up? Why risk spooking the fish from there when you are far less likely too if you move a bit? Even if you are more than capable of making the shot from your position, if you can make it easier why not? Pick the prime lies and then decide where you can present a fly in the best way possible without spooking any fish that might be there. Its sensible advice a lot of us probably need at times, it can be easy to get a little “lazy” about moving to the absolute best place to make the shot, especially once you can cast 50ft and can mend well enough that you “can” make the shot from where you are… In the end the guys at the excellent gink and gasoline blog beat me to it and have recently written a great post on the same subject. Check it out, its well worth a read and better than the post I had in the works 🙂
So when you head out for the season opener, think about angler position. Each time you approach a new run, think about where the best position to stand is and how you are going to get the best presentations possible to the best spots.
Thanks to Perrin’s guide for the good advice 🙂