ALDER BUSH TACTICS

by Fly Fisherman

While you were fishing out the right hand side of the current tongue at the head of the pool, three trout have started to feed close to some alder bushes across the river near the left hand bank, where the current has swung in close to shore. It is too deep to wade there; anyway, it would scare the fish. Besides that, your first position on the shallow side of the
Dry Fly for Trout Under Alder Bushes stream makes the best position for reaching these trout, so you wade quietly back there and start to work.

A left hand, or back hand, negative curve cast is the choice here, because you need a big, loopy curve. Make it to a point about six feet above the position of the upper feeding trout. -sere a cast will drift across all three rising fish—an unusual 0pportunity. You really should connect here. Keep your fly lifting along a couple of feet out from the alder bushes. If you get a rise, just tighten up firmly on the line, set the hook, and then lead the trout downstream and towards the shallow side of the river where you are standing. Again, even if you don’t get a fish, this is good sport.

FISHING ACROSS A CURRENT TONGUE
After you have fished out the deep current across the river under the alders, there remains the chance of a fish feeding along the left hand side of the current-tongue below the riffle.
Dry Fly for Trout at Far Side of Current-Tongue
This is the hardest position in which to get a good cast because it makes your line cross the fast current to place your fly on slower water beyond. This you should avoid doing wherever possible. Here you can’t help it because the river is too deep to cross and too deep to wade to a spot on the left hand side of the tongue of current. All you can do is cast a deep-looped left hand negative curve to a point about five feet above where you think the trout should be; and take a chance. A bivisible fly will probably work best here, because it floats better than most. If I haven’t succeeded with a dry fly on this pool—or if I have taken all the fish I can on a floater, but think there may be other good trout there—I frequently change to a nymph and cover the same territory with a natural drift wet fly technique. Usually you will get more fish, and more fun, fish. ing out each pool or riffle quite thoroughly than making
few casts, and then rushing on to the next spot.

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