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Stop before you cross the river!!!

Stop before you cross the river!!!

by April 25, 2016 0 comments

As a tenkara angler and guide, I have been watching other anglers on the river. I have just been shaking my head. Almost every angler I see steps into the water without really studying all the water first. Almost every angler will cross the water without stopping first. I have been guilty of the same thing until now.

Stop before you cross the river!

One of the best experiences of fly fishing is stepping into the water and feeling the force of Mother Nature. I know this is one of those awesome feelings that brings me in tune with the river every time. Although I am always super excited to get this feeling as soon as possible I have realized something.

Crossing Without Looking

On a trip I took a short time ago I watched a number of fly fisherman arrive at the riverside. They scanned up and down the river to choose a location to start from. Having found a location they were interested in, they marched into the river making their way across the river.

1461290245764[1] waiting to cross the river.

I understand why anglers do this. They think the sooner they get to what might be considered a prime lie, the sooner they can get into fish. What many anglers who do this do not realize is that they are missing an innumerable number of fish.

Fish hold in what is known as pocket water 1 Any angler worth his or her salt knows is that fish hold in these pockets. Therefore, every rock from Point A to Point B potentially has a fish behind it, or in front of it.

To catch the most fish, I suggest casting into the river, starting from shore, working your way across the river. The “honey hole” you saw when you first arrived at the river will still be there. By casting to each and every pocket on the way across the river you increase your chances of more fish.

What happens when I get to the far side of the river and want to get back?

Simple, do exactly as you did getting to the “honey hole” just in reverse. I do this to continue working as much water as possible showing my fly to more fish. This technique makes my river travels look more like zig-zags than straight lines.

Stop before you cross the river! I can guarantee that your line will come tighter more frequently than you might expect.

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  1.  a pocket (as in rock) where water may gather; especially : a water hole in the bed of an intermittent stream occurring typically as a bowl at the foot of a cliff over which the stream leaps when in the flood stage. [Google search 4/25/2016 Source Merriam-Webster.com
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