06-18-2013, 01:47 PM
Re: More newbie SW Questions
The "wash" is water from a broken wave that has receded back down the beach into a "trough". This trough (or wash) is deeper than the "shelf" further out do to the force of the backwash and makes a good highway for game fish to trap bait fish.
Often you won't catch anything on a cast until the fly is practically at your feet.
Most people believe the the fish followed the fly in and grabbed it at the last second, but more likely the fish was right there in the wash right at your feet the whole time.
Waves braking over a bar into the slough cause current. The "longshore" current will travel parallel with the beach until it finds a way to escape back out beyond the bars. These perpendicular currents are called "rip currents".
You need to find these holes in the bars at low tide as the rip currents are real bait traps and most likely the best fishing for hundreds of yards.
Holes next to the shore between points are called ocean holes and can hold bait even during low tide. Ocean holes are much deeper than the normal cusps usually found between points.
Always look for "rips" where ever they occur. Expect the fish to be at the fastest part of the rip and expect that to change as the tide advances
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Last edited by Rip Tide; 06-18-2013 at 02:06 PM.