I will attempt when writing this article to cut out all fluff and get right to the point of "What is Suspend Fishing". This article is only meant to define the term and be a precursor to a future article of Float and Fly - Closely Guarded Secrets.
Back in time on one occasion while driving home from the lake with my mind deep in thought about my fishing experience, a light bulb idea illuminated. I quickly grabbed my phone and sent myself an email with only a subject line of "What is Suspend Fishing". As I will soon give examples of this term you will quickly recognize one or many applications and in this I hope to expose the reality that this area of techniques is largely unexplored as well as unexplained.
Why is it so effective
- Active fish can generally be caught by multiple types of methods. They are eager to react, eat and attack.
- Neutral fish might be willing to eat but have a limited ambition when it comes to chasing down prey.
- Negative fish can be absolutely lock jaw. No interest in attack or eating.
- I believe it largely gets its effectiveness simply from the presentation allowing time for a fish to make the decision to commit.
- I also believe that it can put the fly or lure in the zone that most often is associated with neutral or negative fish which is a fish being in a suspended state. It's a common understanding among pro anglers that many species of fish while in a neutral or negative state suspend in the water column and these are the toughest of all fish to catch.
- I also believe that this technique is rarely used therefore has not become a learned response to avoid. Fish a body of water long enough while everyone uses the same tactics eventually those tactics become ineffective. It's always funny when I hear old anglers talk about the fishery isn't what it use to be. I ask, "When was the last time you tried something different!?"
- I also like to believe it has something to do with a mesmerizing effect that will cause a fish to eventually give in to curiosity.