FO­CUS ON THE MAR­GINS

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

The odd dim­pling trout might be tempt­ing, but you’re bet­ter off mark­ing these down for later and con­cen­trat­ing your ef­forts along the mar­gins. At first glance this might seem fu­tile, es­pe­cially when com­pared to reser­voir tac­tics which of­ten de­mand long casts away from the banks. How­ever, rivers tend to boast un­der­cut banks, fallen in trees, ex­posed tree roots and other struc­ture which all pro­vide a safe place for trout to hide. What’s more, flows tend to con­cen­trate food close to banks whether it’s a bend in the river (di­a­gram 4), or an am­bling straight (di­a­gram 5). Once you’ve worked a sec­tion of likely bank, where depths al­low, there is no rea­son why you can’t back­track and cross the river to re­peat the process on the op­po­site bank (di­a­gram 6). The rea­son we re­trace our steps is to avoid spook­ing trout which might be up­stream of our po­si­tion as the gen­eral con­sen­sus is to progress up­stream on run­ning water so that fish are ap­proached from be­hind. Never at­tempt to cover the whole river in one swoop. Ad­mit­tedly, by re­strict­ing our ef­forts to the mar­gins alone we’re po­ten­tially robbing our­selves of the bulk of hold­ing water. How­ever, by the same to­ken, we should re­frain from at­tempt­ing to cover a river’s width in a sin­gle pass. That is un­less a nar­row stream is our venue.

Con­cen­trate on the mar­gins.

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