Got the fly-fishing yips? Here are 4 ways to get your day back on track


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Sometimes when you’re fly fishing, only one specific technique will catch fish, but those times are very rare. If you’re trying—and failing—to do something complicated such as dead-drift nymphing or casting into a stiff wind, just stop. While you’re taking a break, rethink the situation and find a different, preferably easier approach. Maybe forget about matching the hatch, and just tie on one of your confidence flies. Or bust out a tried-and-true Fly Fishing 101 technique. Mine is the wet fly swing, a simple tactic that’s been catching fish all over the world for 200 years. It’s not glamourous, but it works, and it’s hard to screw up.