At some point you’ll surmise that the professionals who make their living tying and selling expensive flies spend their off-hours planting trees and shrubs around all the best fishing spots. Getting snagged is part of the sport, and it happens to everyone, not just beginners.

If you get snagged on a forward cast, don’t try to throw your fly line through the branches; it’ll make things worse. Instead, point your rod tip at the snagged fly and retrieve any excess fly line with your free hand. Pull until good and tight, then release the line so it springs hack toward the snag. You may have to repeat this a few times to get your fly free. If you’re stiff unsuccessful, you can always go back and visit your Outfitter. No doubt he’ll be happy to see you.

And You Thought Eagles Had Sharp Eyes!

Trout and most other fish have a wide field of vision stretching from the front to both sides of their bodies (about 97 degrees). The deeper a fish flies, the broader its cone of vision and the more it can see.

Trout have a blind spot directly behind them, but even if you managed to position yourself to the rear, the fish would probably sense your presence and bolt.

To cope with such a wide field of vision, you should cast from shore and stay low. If you must enter the water, wade slowly, one step at a time, until you reach your spot. Then relax so the fish will become accustomed to you.

If the trout behave warily and leave a pool, get out of the water and out of sight. Let the waters settle, or “rest”, and chances are the fish will return.