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my fears of being the only one catching fish. It did however turn out that some had a

        tougher time with matching the hatch or just keeping some of these large fish hooked.

        One twenty seven inch hook nosed male rainbow was caught by someone half my age

        (Steve Tom) just before dinner that evening. Matt Huey, as usual, was having no trou-

        ble hooking great fish on the first day.




        You get to learn a lot about landing large fish when you get as many opportunities to do

        it as you get here. The learning experience was different for everyone. Those of us who

        have fished for many years learned even more about the value of presentation and

        experimentation when clear water lets you witness your ninety percent rejection rate.

        Those that were newer to the sport had an opportunity, some for the first time, to con-

        stantly be dealing with stealth, hooking and landing large trout, and the reality of actu-

        ally being worn out by the process of getting a large fish to hand.




        Many techniques get to be polished when you have as many opportunities at large fish

        as is offered as Sugar Creek. One that I have had little opportunity to try other places,

        given that I’m mostly fishing fast streams, is the multi fish competition approach. One

        of the reasons I caught more fish on some of the smaller ponds was leveraging the

        ability to see more than one fish at a time and placing casts that were ideally located

        exactly between two or even three fish. The resulting competition for food would often

        overshadow the otherwise extremely high rejection rate. Given the clear water it was

        easy to see fish turn and head for your fly only to reject it at the last moment. Given

        the size of these fish, the resulting push of water (read: wake) was enough to get your

        heart pounding and cause some to set so early there was no chance of having a fish

        on there. After some steady rejection I got more careful about placing the fly exactly

        between fish. The result was that the water would get disturbed by the close rejec-

        tion of the first fish and generally prompted the second fish to be less picky or reduced

        his ability to perceive the fly in the same way as the first with amazing results. As this

        method proved itself over and over, it proved to be one of the few ways to get past the

        disadvantage of not having the exact fly match and leveraging the fish’s innate sense
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