Dr. Jason Randall’s feature articles appear regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, and many other outdoor —magazines. He is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine and a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science. His three books published by Stackpole—Moving Water, Feeding Time, and Trout Sense—have received widespread acclaim among fly fishing experts. He lives in Woodstock, Illinois.
Before I fish a stretch of water, I analyze it and develop a game plan for how to fish it. Before the big game, the coach always gives a pep talk to the team. It’s not only to motivate the players, but also a last minute chance to cover important assignments and details. My “on-the-water analysis” is equivalent to pregame preparation— it’s a...