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Bigfly 01-07-2010 11:20 AM

Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
Which approach do you use and why? Dry fly, bobber, streamer.
I'm curious if you pick one approach or the other for each, or use one all the time.
I'm not into a poll really, just philosophy behind your tactics.


Rip Tide 01-07-2010 02:17 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
If there's someone else on the water, I'll ask or watch to see which way they're going and then go the other way.
Other than that, unless I plan on swinging wet flies, I'll hike downstream then fish my way back

fish_gypsy 01-07-2010 03:42 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
Most times I fish downstream regardless, more out of habit than anything else. The rivers I fished most often seemed to always have better water downstream than up.

flytyer_neal 01-07-2010 09:26 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
Mostly with me it depends on what river/stream I'm on....there is alot of "private" water in colorado, which dictates which way and how far you can travel....but on the gunnison river, I fish/hike upsrteam....and fish back also....I tend to fish alot of rabbit hair zonkers/buggers....but also nymph alot too.....right this next weekend I'll be fishing the colorado....upstream by glenwood springs.....midges, streamers, buggers, zonkers, eggs, and san juans:punk:

HuronRiverDan 01-08-2010 07:26 AM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
Depends on the circumstances; but most times I like to fish upstream...


webrx 01-08-2010 07:36 AM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
It depends on the time of year and water flows for me, usually I will fish upstream to start the day and then downstream on the way back to the car. Ideally, if I can find a way to cross the river (or can wade accross) I like to fish the opposite bank coming back down to the car. though there may be some areas of big rivers where you gotta go a long way to get accross and you don;t want to be stuck on the wrong side and not be able to get back to your car without having to take a long hike. Not that I have ever done anything like that :)


mtflyfishguide 01-08-2010 12:19 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
I usually am guiding out of my drift boat for dry fly fishing everything varies. If stoneflys are coming off the bank, I get my guys to cast downstream tight to the bank and mend upstream, then I control the presentation of the fly with my drift boat, try to control their drifts so they are drag free,
every situation is different, but usually we are fishing downstream 45 degrees right or left of the bow of the boat. If we are fishing streamers, I'll have my back angler cast to the bank and keep mending, trying to keep the fly swimming along the bank, sometimes even or maybee behind the boat a little
Brooks Jessen/

jcw355 01-09-2010 09:16 AM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
I do both and use what I think is best in each spot. Example, I fished with indicator and bead head prince in the main flow of the river the other day, casting upstream and then letting drift downstream and when I found riffles I would swing a bugger going down stream and repeat.

Bigfly 01-11-2010 01:36 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
You guys made my point. More than one way to sneak up on a fish, or approach new terrain, and get along with others on the water. The upstream, overhead cast is a great tool but is not always the best approach. Lurking on the UK. site makes a person grateful
to live here. I can't imagine being limited (by rules) to fish just one way!

Frank Whiton 01-11-2010 03:31 PM

Re: Trout Tactics - upstream or down?
Hi Bigfly,

You are so right about some of the restrictions overseas. In some spots you can't fish with out a caretaker who tells you where to fish and goes with you.

When I hit the water it has a lot to do with where I am at which direction I go. It doesn't make any difference if I go up stream or down stream. But, for each spot I fish I let the circumstances decide on an up stream, down stream or across stream presentation. There is no reason just because I am walking upstream that I can't fish a down stream presentation.


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