I wanted to get out fishing so badly that I may have overlooked (or misunderstood) some basics that I needed to learn and I better learn them before I get further into this adventure.
For example, I was told that to set the hook I should pull on the line. According to the book I am still reading (LL Bean's Fly-Fishing Handbook), that is correct while using large flies (sizes 6 to 5/0); however, it says that if you are using small flies (sizes 18 to 8), then you set the hook moving the rod tip up and back quickly. If I remember correctly, then that is what I recall seeing others doing (i.e. setting the hook by moving the rod up and back quickly) while I was fly-fishing. I think that my method of pulling the line was the major reason for all the misses last weekend.
The other basic I need to learn is hook size. I realize that this will be fairly straightforward but if you asked me right now what size hook I use I would not be able to honestly answer you.
I am sure there are other basic things that I don't know and will stumble upon as time passes but these are the two glaring things right now. I can only use the excuse "that I am new to fly-fishing" for so long before it becomes a lie.
I guess not only should I be watching the water but I should be watching the more experienced fly-fishers I see in my travels.