OUT-WIT THE WEED
A 10-point plan for anglers
1 Fish a dry fly or emerger. It’s summer and fish are usually high in the water on the lookout for any hatching or terrestrial life, so fish your fly where the fish expect to find food and stay on top of the weed. 2 Cast accurately, at short range and put your fly into gaps in the weed.
3 If fish aren’t surface-feeding, use unweighted flies that sink slowly, rather than immediately sinking into the weed. Just for once use something without a gold bead on it… 4 Use a shorter leader than you would otherwise, to assist accurate casting: nine to 10 feet is enough. 5 Look around the fishery before fishing – observe where trout are feeding, either by spotting the rise forms or swirls in the weed, or seeing them move about in the clear patches among the weed.
6 Fish ‘Klink and Dink’ style, or use an indicator to hang a nymph a few inches to a foot under the surface and then cast it into holes in the weed.
7 Strip a Muddler or Popper quickly over the surface of weedbeds and be prepared for sudden, savage takes.
8 Use stalking tactics where you can see fish and try to cast your fly dead into a fish’s path. Accuracy and depth assessment are vital.
9 Where weed has accumulated on the surface in mats against a bank – and ideally over deep water – try making a hole in it with the rod tip and then lowering a fly through the hole. Bloodworms are good for this and the takes can be sudden and violent, but great fun!
10 Be patient and limit your casting, make each one count.