WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
Flyfishers tend to shy away from breezy conditions with good reason. Understandably, many head for the shelter of the lee (sheltered) shoreline, so the wind is on their back when casting. However, on more exposed waters the windward (downwind) bank is often the more productive, especially during warmer months. Food items in the upper layers are ushered to the exposed bank when a strong wind has been blowing in the same direction for a number of days. Admittedly, casting becomes a chore now, but angling your casts to the breeze makes a huge difference (diagram 1). Of course, long range casts won’t be realised here, but trout are likely to be found cruising the margins where the bulk of food congregates.
The windward shore where foam and weed debris gather should be your first port of call in a breeze.