NINE USE­FUL, UN­USUAL AND MI­NOR TAC­TICS

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - KNOW HOW -

De­liv­er­ing a dry-fly with an over­pow­ered cast causes the fly to tuck over, hit­ting the wa­ter with an at­tract­ing splash be­fore the leader. This is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive with foam bee­tle pat­terns. Cast close to the cover and im­part mo­tion, gen­tly twitch­ing your dry-fly or draw­ing your nymph slowly out into the stream. Drop nymphs into gaps in the fo­liage and al­low them to swing round un­der branches that touch the sur­face – you'll be cov­er­ing fish that oth­ers have missed. Cast over cover, such as grass, which will sup­port the line and min­imise line-splash and drag. Bounce the fly off fo­liage, trees and rocks, al­low­ing it to drop to the sur­face with some slack in the tip­pet. Cast on to the bank and pull the fly back into the wa­ter. Cast down­stream and feed out line to get the fly a long way un­der cover. Strike slowly be­cause the fish will be fac­ing you. Dap a fly through gaps in the cover, us­ing a weighted nymph or adding a small shot to the leader just above a dry-fly to sta­bilise it. The bow-and-ar­row cast can be use­ful but it is easy to hook your­self and it can pro­duce an open loop as the rod tip moves through a sig­nif­i­cant arc.

“You’ll be cov­er­ing fish that oth­ers have missed”

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