Three Ways to Become a Successful Angler

Have you ever fished with someone who you consider to be “fishy”? I’m talking about the angler who is just different; the angler who always knows where to go, when to go there, and meets with success. Of the many characteristics of a “fishy” person, perhaps the most fundamental of these is the ability to understand the rhythm of the river. The rhythm of a river can be described as the fishing trends a given river reveals over time in response to insect hatches and weather patterns.

There are plenty of people who think that good fishing exists in a vacuum, and that there's no real reason why fishing would be “on” or “off.” I suppose there is some validity to this mindset, but I am of the belief that there’s always a logical explanation for good or poor fishing. And it seems as though the most successful guides and anglers on the water are using their powers of observation and knowledge of the rhythms of that river to inform their fishing decisions day after day. But what exactly are they looking for? What are they paying attention to?