THINK LIKE A FISH

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - READING RIVERS -

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.

IN­COM­ING BECK

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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.

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