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A NOTE FROM MICHAEL RESCORLE, ORVIS SALTWATER FLY FISHING FESTIVAL GUIDE

Something I realised at the end of last season was that when things are going well, it is easy to get stale by visiting the same marks again and again. As a result, and with my first shore guiding session imminent, I have been out trying new marks.

It has gone well with loads of bass and a few sea trout to the net. Interestingly though, the marks have proved very similar to those I've been using for decades; the catching window is always short - 90 minutes or so max - and the catching area small - sometimes no larger than a tennis court. To keep catching I've been moving 2 or 3 times, often by car.

Getting in and out of waders is a pain and probably wouldn’t do them much good anyway, so I keep a waterproof seat cover in the car and an oversize pair of trainers to slip over my stocking feet.  

Size and colour of bass flies can be a challenge and while it is early in the season, results show that Sandeel patterns and colours are dominating. However, with others catching on different colours, it is clear bass are not fussy eaters. They will smash anything moving at speed above them so too shallow is better than too deep!

MICHAEL RESCORLE, ORVIS SALTWATER FLY FISHING FESTIVAL GUIDE

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