BUSHY STREAMS

by Fly Fisherman

BUSHY STREAMS
Bucktails and streamers are well adapted to the method of fishing downstream in very bushy conditions by letting
your line drift down the current and then retrieving with a wiggle-and-jerk technique.
If you get your fly caught on a bush or grass near the water or on a log or rock, try getting it loose by a switch or roll cast—and then carefully fish out the cast. You are very liable to get a good strike just after your fly comes loose. In fact, if you can cast your fly lightly to a rock or grassy bank and then gently pull it off into the water, it makes a delivery more liable to take a scary fish than any other I know. This is especially true of large trout. It’s a trick that often changes a poor day’s catch into a good one.

The wet fly stream tactics just described are suitable for wet fly fishing in all water temperature ranges. The trout may be in different depths of water, and not doing the same things, but your casting and manipulation of the fly will be similar.
This is a book on fly fishing. For that reason I am leaving practically everything that has to do with bait casting to my companion book, “Bait Casting With A Thermometer.” However, that leaves bait casting for trout entirely out of consideration and this I cannot do, because there are certain times and conditions when bait casting is the best and most enjoyable way to catch trout. When you have to fish big rivers in fast water when the trout are deep, bait casting is really the best method. Use a very light rod. A 3/a ounce tournament bait casting rod is ideal. With it you use 3/4 or Y2  ounce deep-running lures. You can cover up to 100 feet in every direction with this outfit, and the lure sinks rapidly. This rig makes it unnecessary to use a sinker on a fly rod, which I personally do not like to do anyhow.
When the water is high and murky, light bait casting methods work well, as they also do at night. Large “stillwaters” are suitable places, too. You can cast in every direction—upstream, downstream and across. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the way big trout will respond.

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