Mix Up Your Retrieve

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This week’s RIO Fly Fishing Tip shows the importance of mixing up your retrieve when fly fishing in a lake. In nature, no bug, minnow, nymph or any other food source swims evenly, smoothly and predictably, yet many angles fly fishing in a lake have a single retrieve speed and pattern. Far greater success will come from mixing up the speed, cadence and length of the retrieve, than having a single, boring and predictable retrieve.

Perhaps, most important of all is the "Stop" (or "drop") in the middle of a retrieve - as Simon explains here.

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