Re: Small streams
All I fish is small water and all I do is fish upstream. Although the chance of lining the fish is there, it's small. What you do is work your way up from the very tail end of the pool not just cast all the way to the head. It also gives you the most natural drift possible. I typically fish small water with a 7x 9'-13' leader. The problem I see with fishing downstream towards skittish wild trout is they can see you. They are genetically wired to look upstream because that's where the current and food comes from, and if you're standing upstream from them odds are is they're going to see you.