THINK LIKE A FISH
Spiders, Czech nymphs, long leader, duo, traditional upstream nymphs and the dry-fly … all will have their day in the triangles of a rainfed river. But I believe there is one absolute fact in river fly-fishing, a golden rule: to be consistently successful, you must fish upstream. It doesn’t make sense to fish a pool downstream. By walking down a pool you spook fish away from your position. Next time you fish, stand back and survey the pool. Test yourself, picture the fish-holding features within the pool, pick out the triangles, imagine the trout and grayling taking up position near the creases, on station looking for food. Put your flies along the edges of the main triangle, at the meeting point of fast and slow water, then as you become more efficient at spotting the smaller triangles and features within the main body of water, you can place your flies along or within these pockets. The more features and triangles you can spot within a pool, the more fish you will cover and hopefully catch. Think like a fish and you’ll never look at a river in the same way again.
I N T H E R N D B E C R E A SE
IS L A N D CREASE
ANDREW RALPH Previously a coarse fisher from the East Riding, Andrew moved home and family to the Yorkshire Dales 20 years ago and became addicted to fly fishing on rivers.