Stillwater Fly Fishing: Good Info on Retrieve & Setting the Hook

Here, I took refuge from the winds by pulling off into a back bay where I could rest from the rowing and kicking. The seam between the quieter water and the wind driven water (almost like a river’s current) was about six feet deep. I was able to maintain position in the quiet water and cast out into the chop and let the wind drift along my fly with success. The quiet water is not always available so anchoring up with the wind at your back is another option.

A video by Bennett Watt on retrieves and hook setting (excuse the up front ad…ugh) (X)

5 Responses to “Stillwater Fly Fishing: Good Info on Retrieve & Setting the Hook”

  1. August 27, 2012 at 22:46

    Awesome pic.Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful still water fly fishing experience with us.very nice blog. I like it very much. your blog help full for me because I also planning for the vacation.


  2. June 29, 2012 at 03:59


    Reading your blog, I am reminded of a week I spent canoeing on lake Temagami in Smoothwater Park, while living in Northern Ontario. I love the metaphor contained in the image of you ‘maintaining position’ between the inner landscape (quiet water), with the outer (while continuing to “cast out into the chop”) – a high state of spiritual accomplishment if ever there was one. As always, I am touched by your ability to communicate the image with such simplicity.

    Since the end of life part of my caregiving mom began earlier this year, I have missed being on the water in my single rowing shell – the place where I always felt connected to life. So it is wonderful to be able to travel along with you into the depths. Thank you as always for giving me something wonderful to consider besides administering pain medications and attending to breathing problems.

    All the best,


    • June 29, 2012 at 06:08

      Thank you Beth for the meaningful thoughts. Bless you for the most difficult journey of caring for your mom and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.



  3. June 27, 2012 at 12:14

    Beautiful view, especially the snowy peak is amazing… Thank you dear Gary, love, nia


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