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Re: UP OR DOWN??

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I prefer to fish upstream but it is usually completely dependent on where I park in relation to the section I would like to fish. Sometimes I fish up and then back down...

Posted on: 2010/11/25 18:17


Re: UP OR DOWN??

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WC Stewart said something to the effect of: to fish upstream in a heavy water is an unneccesary labor, to fish downstream in water which is low and clear is to invite ridicule and failure. I generally follow Stewart in this matter.

In almost any condition of water, the tail of a pool is a fine place to find fish, however it can be difficult to cast a fly to the tail from below; it is usually swept away quickly by the current breaking over the lip and into the riffle below. I often fish the tail from well above, casting slightly down and across the pool, letting the fly swing around and across the tail to dangle directly below. If he hasn't taken it on the swing, I let it hang in the current directly below me for a solid minute. If he's there he has seen it and is curious and suspicious of it; the waiting period lets him get over his fear. I then twitch the tip of my rod very gently a few times and begin a very slow hand twist retrieve. Rainbows can't resist this, but it also works well with browns. I beieve I learned this technique from reading Ray Bergman.

Posted on: 2010/11/26 8:56


Re: UP OR DOWN??

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jdaddy is right but i'll add that it depends on the individual pool or riffle or run not the whole stream but each individual lie , but you are right daddio.

Posted on: 2010/12/10 15:45


Re: UP OR DOWN??

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The only time I fish dries downstream is if I can't get to the fish any other way. The one caveat to that is if I've been working upstream and a large fish starts rising downstream of me. Then all bets are off.
I've actaully had success standing directly over a fish and dropping my fly into the water at my feet and caught trout. It doesn't happen often but it does work.

Posted on: 2010/12/15 21:54
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Re: UP OR DOWN??

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which ever way works for any fly, upstream or down i use what works..

Posted on: 2010/12/16 7:40
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Re: UP OR DOWN??

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The only time I fish dries downstream is if I can't get to the fish any other way.


I'll amend that and say only if I think its advantageous. Chaz, you're a brookie guy like me. Especially in flatter, rhododendron choked streams, you can get to them from below, but you gotta get pretty close to them to do so and put yourself in danger of spooking them. Sometimes, from above, you can just feed line WAY out. It works.

Posted on: 2010/12/16 9:50


Re: UP OR DOWN??

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On larger waters, find it easier to fish downstream. Drifting with the current and the cast is down before it reaches it's target and your not fishing right over the fish. Understand the blind spot deal though.

Also, I find it easier to walk or move downstream with the current as opposed to against it, especially if the banks are tough to navigate out of the water. Not an always or never.

Posted on: 2010/12/16 17:11
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