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Orvis Master Class: Watch Before Casting

In this week’s Master Class, Dave Jensen trains his camera on a feeding trout and narrates what he sees. But more importantly, he talks about how his observations inform his tactics. Not only is he thinking about which pattern will tempt the trout to eat, but he also considers how the presentation itself might affect Amelia’s chances of success. You can learn so much by watching how a trout is feeding, but it’s usually not possible. Here, we’re able to observe a brown trout feeding on naturals and reacting to flies. It’s also really telling to listen to Dave and Amelia agonize over what fly to present and how to do it.