We’ve all felt it. Pure desperation, that helpless feeling of somehow not being able to get one single fish to eat the wrong bug, fly fishing can downright hurt your feelings sometimes. The fish show up on the sounder and the occasional sound of splashing on the surface assures you that surely they do exist, but it just isn’t happening. It’s easy to put blame on your fly choice, and sometimes it takes many changes to find “the one”, but how often is too often?
I am a firm believer that confidence is crucial to consistent success in fly fishing. If you have confidence in your approach or your fly, you will fish it much harder for longer periods of time than something you lack confidence in. I have a chironomid pattern that I am convinced if there is one fly that will work, that is the one. Is it really the end-all-be-all pattern? Not at all, but having full confidence in it means it spends more time in the water. Recently we had a look at approaching trophy stillwaters, where it is way too easy to get caught up in thinking that you are doing something terribly wrong when in reality the odds are stacked so hard against you that you need to cut yourself a break.