A 10-point plan for an­glers

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Focus On -

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.

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