When a fish appears all of a sudden, most people make a rushed, frenzied attempt to roll the fly out of their hand and in front of the fish. The mistake here is twofold. First, the fish can sense the hurried movements through the water as the skiff shudders when the angler moves. And second, the initial movement is made toward and over the fish. Fixing the first half of this two-part blunder is easy. Freeze, then assess the situation. In some cases, if you just stop, a fish will turn away from the boat and open up the distance, allowing for a longer, more accurate cast. More often than not, though, a short, precise cast is required.
Make It Happen**
When making short presentations, your first move should always be away from the fish. Beyond that, you must learn how to manipulate your gear so you can effectively cast with a short line.