WHEN THE WIND BLOWS

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

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.

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