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Adapting on the Provo River and Carp Tactics in Utah with Cade Moore

“People are just scared of missing out.  When in reality making these little switches and experimenting, and maybe not catching all the fish in the river, you’ll learn a few things.”

Cade Moore

Podcast episode appears at the end of this short article.

In this episode we WadeOutThere with Cade Moore from Orem, Utah.  Cade’s grandfather introduced him to fly fishing at an early age growing up in his home state of Utah. 

After serving in the army in Afghanistan Cade credits fly fishing as having “always been there for him” when he returned to civilian life.  Cade’s passion for fly fishing turned into a new career as a fly fishing guide at the same fly shop that helped him progress as a beginner, Fly Fish Food. 

We discuss the Provo River, adapting, and tactics for targeting Cade’s favorite species in his own back yard… Carp. 

We all take ideas to the river about what we think will work.  The moment we deviate from what’s worked in the past, or what they told us at the fly shop, we enter the realm of the unknown.  And that can keep us from switching things up entirely.  I’m guilty of this as well.

The more we fish, the more we are exposed to different experiences that bring success and failure.  But if we never change, if we continue to fish the same tactics in every circumstance, or even most, the amount of new successes we experience are less.  Progress is slower.

The successes we do have feel good, but they can be a double edged sword because when something works, we become comfortable with it.  Getting comfortable doesn’t exactly invite change.  But the river is always changing and the fish always has a vote.

“The biggest one is going to be flies I feel like.  I feel like you can change a lot with that.” 

Cade Moore

Most fly fishers will tell you that presentation is more important in catching fish than fly selection.  I tend to agree with this concept, but Cade makes a good point that brings the concepts of presentation and fly selection closer together than we may sometimes consider.  Fly selection is more than just the kind of bug you are presenting the fish.  Flies can change how we present the fly as well.  

If we think about the presentation a fly will make in different conditions we begin to think about many of the important aspects of presentation beyond dead drifting and mending line.  Things like sink rates, angles, and movement can all be adjusted with changing a fly. We may be replicating the same bug, but using a different weight or design that causes the fly to move or sink in the water differently.  That change in flies could be the presentation that fish needs to induce a take.  

Cade’s enthusiasm for fly fishing is contagious.  It was a true pleasure talking with him and hearing his perspective and knowledge.  If anyone could convince me that I need to be fly fishing for carp, it’s Cade Moore.  

I’m excited about sharing this one.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and maybe like me, you’ll be looking forward to chasing some carp someday soon.

VR- Jason

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