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Old 04-18-17, 05:54 AM   #1
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Default For those who fish <6 times a year

Back when I was able to fish frequently, at least once a month, I seemed to be able to get in the water and start catching fish. Now it seems to take me 30-45 minutes to even get a look from a fish and at least two missed hook sets before I find a rhythm and start catching fish.
I don't know if getting older and slower is the cause. Surely I don't forget that much between trips. Muscle habits may take some refreshing?

Just curious if others suffer this situation.
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Old 04-18-17, 01:12 PM   #2
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I have found practicing my cast a few minutes daily, keeps the rust knocked off from my skills.

It's easy to tell when I have be diligent and smartly practicing and when I've either skipped or poorly executed casting practice.

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Old 04-21-17, 10:13 AM   #3
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I definitely show the rust. Particularly on hook sets. Either too late or too hard - throwing missed sets into the trees behind me - or both.
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Old 05-01-17, 08:57 PM   #4
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eye, surely in Hoschton you can find some farm ponds or neighborhood ponds with bream and bass. Get out there every once and a while and mess with those fish. Poppers on a 3 wt keep your casting sharp, and the takes will help your reactions catch back up. It beats casting in the yard...
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Old 05-01-17, 09:39 PM   #5
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I agree with @troutbum69. I don't get out near as much as I would like due to life and the numerous other hobbies I have. I'm fortunate enough to have a pond on my property that I can fish anytime I want. Catching bream and bass on a fly rod is better than nothing and keeps the "rust" from building up too much. I tend to get lazy casting with the open water unless I focus on trying to hit a specific spot.
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Old 05-01-17, 09:42 PM   #6
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Also, the bream are incredibly stupid and will take darn near anything so it's hard to practice casting in the pond. First world problems I know.
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Old 05-02-17, 05:29 AM   #7
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I like the pond suggestion. In fact there are two within 500 yards of the house. Casting isn't the rusty part. It is setting the hook. It seems for the first 20-30 minutes I'm a hair too slow.
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Old 05-02-17, 06:12 AM   #8
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The problem lies in the title to the post. What is wrong with you people? How do you even survive fishing that little?
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Old 05-02-17, 09:08 AM   #9
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I gotta tell you Big T it is not easy. I hope there is some sympathy for those that struggle through life in our situations.

I had a few years when I was able to fish one day a week and that was wonderful. Now I am lucky if I get in 6-7 days a year. My goal is to put in 3 more years of this unfortunate circumstance, turn the goat farm over to my daughter and fish 2-3 days a week. Prayers appreciated.
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Old 05-02-17, 10:00 AM   #10
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The problem lies in the title to the post. What is wrong with you people? How do you even survive fishing that little?
HAHA I was thinking the same thing!
I might not get on a trout stream more than 6 times/trips per year, but I fish prob 1-2 times a week minimum.
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