SMOOTH SWIFT WATER TACTICS

by Fly Fisherman

Often a smooth stretch of swift water will be found sweeping silently along at the head of a piece of white water. The fish in this smooth, swift water are liable to be big ones which cern able to see the angler rather far off. Use a long line, md a fairly long leader—about 12 ft. is best. Try to cast as nearly straight up the current as you can. A side cast is less Sable to disturb the fish. Begin at the downstream end of the smooth stretch and work up—lengthening the casts as you go. Feeding fish may be in any part of the stretch.

I remember a very pretty thing I saw happen in a beautiful creek in the Santa Barbara mountains Redwood forest country of California. Geoff Buddle, a fishing partner of mine from New Zealand, was casting a dry fly in the smooth, swift water just above a small falls. A two pound Rainbow came up for the fly, missed it, and was carried over the falls. Instead of bemoaning the missed fish, Geoff calmly dried his fly and quickly cast it to the outer edge of the white water below the falls. A trout, apparently the same one, immediately sucked in the fly; Geoff, after a nice fight, landed the fish. I carry in my mind, and still enjoy, the picture of those giant Sequoias along a white water stream with a jumping Rainbow trout—and a very skillful angler.

FISHING OVERHANGING BANKS
An overhanging bank next to a good, close-sweeping current, is a nice place for good trout. Under the bank is a resting place for the fish, but it is so close to where aquatic insects will be floating down the current that it is practically a feeding position, too. You can fish such a spot either with a short line from the shore above the trout or from a position across the current and a little below the overhanging bank. Either way is good.

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