Get off to a good start
QWhat fly and method do you start with (I often use the one that caught fish the last time out)? And how long before you change the fly or method? Martin Fahy PETER COCKWILL REPLIES: It's a pretty safe bet to start off with a pattern and technique you have some confidence in, but don’t forget that every day is different. A bit of time spent looking at the water and the weather, while also considering the time of day, time of year and temperature might be more useful than doing the same old thing. As for how long you should fish a pattern, I would advise that rather than changing your pattern so quickly, it would be better to change your retrieve style and retrieve depth. Just do something differently to what you’ve been doing, either speeding up or slowing the retrieve for example. Maybe even change position by looking for some fish activity before then changing pattern. If you can see fish moving then try to imitate what they may be feeding on and, failing that, change colours and sizes of fly until you find a formula. But bear in mind that this too can change during the day. Be flexible and observant so you can try and stay one step ahead of the fish instead of just relying on what happened last time.
You may be better off changing retrieve style rather than fly pattern.