To get some background on where this is coming from, let alone where it is going, let's look a typical angler. Let's call our angler "Alfredo". Alfredo has a good cast, fairly tight, good rod position and better than average line management. Turn overs are decent and he has opposite side presentation ability. A dream of a client, really. That is, until you put Alfredo in front of a double digit bonefish tailing at 35 feet. Behold the transformation of our formally competent caster at the mere sight of a fish. Albeit the fish of a lifetime, our buddy Alfredo starts to false cast at a rate that makes his rod look like a blur, with the rod tip moving from below sea level on the back cast to pointing towards China on the forward cast, at a rate of speed that would make most ceiling fans jealous.
As a result of this morph in our angler, he has eliminated any line delivery capability or any chance in hell of the fly landing any where near forward of the end of the fly line. The fish is, of course, gone and severe depression has set in on account of Alfredo’s piss poor performance. I fish almost exclusively for big bonefish in skinny water, to the tune of about 120 guided trips each winter season, and would conservatively say that 70% of my anglers suffer from Alfredo syndrome. This syndrome can be otherwise described as letting adrenalin take control of a situation that, under a cool conference, would be fairly simple to handle, i.e. just putting the fly in front of that stupid fish.
Although I don’t indulge myself, there is a lot to be said for smoking pot and wading the flats. Some of the best flats walkers I know are always stoned when they fish. A lot of them are names you would recognize. It makes perfect sense, get rid of the jitters, slow the whole thing down and your presentation is bound to improve.