WHEN TO PROGRESS DOWN­STREAM

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

While the gen­eral con­sen­sus is to progress up­stream there are times when a down­stream ap­proach is more ad­van­ta­geous. Given rapid flows, or when high water oc­curs, and where it is safe to do so, head­ing in a down­stream di­rec­tion pre­vents fa­tigue set­ting in as you’re not bat­tling rag­ing cur­rents. The work rate of cast­ing/re­triev­ing is mas­sively re­duced now as you will be us­ing the flow to help pre­sent your flies rather than con­stantly try­ing to keep in touch with them in fast water if they’re hurled up­stream. Good drifts and pre­sen­ta­tion can be ob­tained by dan­gling a team of heavy flies close to you with a ver­ti­cal rod and out­stretched arm. The rod tip is then quickly dropped to the water, cre­at­ing sev­eral feet of slack line. This al­lows the weighted bugs to plunge deep un­fet­tered (di­a­gram 12). Ad­mit­tedly, drifts are gen­er­ally shorter than when flies are lobbed up­stream, but this is an ef­fec­tive method where flows are bois­ter­ous.

Drop­ping rod sud­denly cre­ates slack line for nymphs to plum­met to the depths when pre­sent­ing down­stream Strong flow

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