Quite a lot actually. Taking stock of my fishing approach and skills I realise that I …
- Have never fished wets on a river.
- Have never fished spiders.
- Seldom fish dry flies [never seems to be a consistent hatch on the LA].
- Have never had a casting lesson.
- Don’t tie my own flies.
It’s quite comforting to know that there’s so much to learn and put into practice and that my journey has a long way to go. No doubt I’ll address each of these areas at some time or other but the one thing I can’t do that I feel would immeasurably increase my enjoyment of a day on the river is to be able to cast left-handed.
Think of all the places I could put my fly with a nonchalant switch of hands rather than a clumsy across-the-body improvisation which has, at best, a 50/50 chance of achieving the desired placement of fly. Yes – this one deserves some attention, and soon.