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fish upstream 16 72.73%
fish downstream 6 27.27%
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:09 PM
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Default Re: Small streams

I thought we were talking about dry flies here....don't know why....

For nymphs and streamers, I fish all directions: up, down, across and down. If I could figure out how to do across and up, I'd do that as well. Actually, I do have a fly drift down into an eddy whose current moves back up a bit, and let that action play out if it seems it might work.

One of my most successful techniques on the Schuylkill River, was to position myself near a channel I knew held smallmouth, cast downstream with a Clouser minnow, and then strip the line back up along the length of the channel. Very effective, especially since these channels tended to be rather narrow.

With dry flies, I tend to cast upstream, sometimes directly, and sometimes up and across. Last month I finally decided to target specific rising trout, and that has carried over to my panfish dry fly fishing. Much more rewarding, at least for me.
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Default Re: Small streams

I fish up mostly, but will fish downstream if the need arises. When I'm fishing the little brushy streams I work a small portion of the stream, small plunge pools, undercuts, shaded spots etc. Most of the time I'll fish small terrestrials.

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