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Old 06-18-2013, 01:00 PM
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HI -- anyone have a good tutorial or picture of what the "wash" looks like out there? I want to learn how to read the surf and I can't make too much sense of what you experienced folks look for when you're out there.

Also, what are the "dark" areas of water (due to a hole) near a sandbar -- what does that look like? Do you just watch for waves breaking out away from the actual beach and hone in on those?

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Old 06-18-2013, 01:47 PM
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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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So the wash builds up between the shore and the sandbar...and a break in the sandbar is usually a rip current?

So the wash flows partially into a rip current? I'm trying to picture the relationship between the two things.
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The wash is right at the point where the ocean ends and the beach begins
It's a depression that's only about 2 or 3 feet wide.

Further out from the wash there's higher "shelf" before the drop off begins This drop off between the shelf and the bars is called the slough.
The massive volume of water that comes over the bars causes the longshore current to set up in the slough.
This water needs a place to escape and that's the rip current

The wash is just a depression caused by the receding waves flowing back off the beach.

The currents are caused by the volume of water in the waves needing a place to level out

Here's good picture of a rip current.
The wash is at the base of it

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Thanks swirl -- I have no recollection of this post but you seem to have covered some things very well. Thank you for reminding me!

Thanks also Rip --
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Thanks swirl -- I have no recollection of this post but you seem to have covered some things very well. Thank you for reminding me!

Thanks also Rip --
Any time. It also helps if you check a beach out at low tide. It's easier to read the beach that way and you can actually watch it all come together as the tide comes in. Good luck.
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Maybe this link can help you.

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I Find the easy way to find a wash is watch the waves. Most times the waves don't break as much in the wash (rip) if at all. Surfers use them to paddle out because there is less whitewater to fight.
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