NINE USEFUL, UNUSUAL AND MINOR TACTICS
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”