READING THE STREAM -3

by Fly Fisherman

Log or rock obstructions which form a dam of a sort as a pickup of nature’s trash or a semi-holdback of the current usually have developed a more or less deep hole under or at the sides of the block. These are always good depths for all kinds of lures.
I’ve purposely held off mentioning what, to my mind, is the most productive location on any stream. It is my choice type of fish hideout and from which I’ve successfully lured many a sizable trout. This is the undercut bank. That kind of spot is not too difficult to work with all types of flies and lures. It is an ideal spot to “dap” with a dry fly which is fun and easy to do, and it gets results, if care is taken on the approach. These darkened areas seem always to contain trout when other locations are apparently displaying “vacant” signs. When fish are working only slightly, for every one feeding in the stream body proper three or four will be seen dimpling at the edge of undercuts. Being fully covered by a protective mass, completely out of the light yet able to see or feel any activity in the lighted area nearby and above, he considers himself safer than usual. Feeling that way he tends perhaps to take more chances with visible food floating by in or on the water that he is able to see.
There are numberless more minor areas which you will discover in your study of the stream. There are many varia-
tions of those major locations mentioned which may puzzle
you for a time but a definite desire to learn, to want to be able to decipher the signs into personal stream knowledge, and you’re well over the hump towards becoming a stream “reader.”
As this knowledge becomes a part of your fishing you can go ahead and use your imagination. Put yourself in the trout’s place. Just where would you be in the stream if you were hungry yet scared half stiff of a galaxy of “boogies?” Present your fly to the trout in that location and presto a fish on your line. (Sometimes it is just that easy.)

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