Dry Fly Fishing Down Stream | How To

Dry Fly Fishing Down Stream | How To


hello and welcome to a beautiful day on
the river thanks for tuning in to another episode of Rio’s how-to videos
today we’re gonna look at how to fish a drive like downstream in a river now you
might ask why would you fish a drive light downstream well the reason is very
very simple if you are above the fish and the fish is lying here the first
thing the fish will see if you do right is your fly then your leader on any fly
line so fishing a dry fly from above a fish down to a fish is a very good
technique if you can find an obliging fish what I like to set up myself when
I’m dry fly fishing here is I’ve got on the real perception I like this line for
dry flies nice turn over easy casting line throws all sides of dry flies from
12 to 22 even to eights and terrestrials and then on the downstream dry fly
you’ll get a lot more aggressive grab so I like to fish a stronger leader than
normal that’s why I fish at Powerflex Plus this is a powerful X plus leader
which is a bit stronger than our regular leaders so I always fish that with my
downstream Drive flies this is a nine foot one I’ve got on there but I always
lengthen it because I want lots of slack and you’ll see why in a minute
so I add on another three to four feet of perfect plus tip it and that’s my rig
the most important thing number one rule in dry fly fishing with its upstream or
downstream is do not get drag drag is when you’re dry fly adrift at a
different speed to the current one clue as you watch the bubbles or flotsam and
jetsam floating down and you try and see your fly parallel and drifting at the
same speed when you fish a dry fly downstream you can have a problem
because when you cast a line downstream you land with a straight tight line the
fly lands and immediately fly States to wait and skate on the surface there is
no way a fish is going to take that that is so unnatural so a downstream drier
has problems a tight line creates drag bad word is drag to get a fly to drift
naturally when you fish downstream you have to give it slack there’s a number
of ways of gear it let’s see what happens I give it
slack cast slack that dry fly just drift at the same pace of the current
naturally down and it’ll do that until I run out of slack as I said there’s a
number of ways of giving slack you can drop your rod high and then drop it like
this which is a parachute cast when I drop my rod I’m giving it slack that way
making if my fly drift for 10 or 12 feet you can also cast and do a couple of
little shaky Wiggles like that and put slacking by wiggling it you can do a
cast where you drop the fly from a high like a parachute cast and drop it down
so really the key to success with a dread downstream dry fly is twofold one
give it slack when it lands and secondly you’re going to run out of slack so when
your fish is rising here don’t cast 10 feet above that fish because by the time
your fly gets anywhere near the fish you’ve run out of slack and it’s
dragging you need a cast within a foot or maybe 18 inches of that fish and give
it enough slack to pass the fish then you have the best chance of catching a
fish with the downstream dry fly patience is the name of the game dry fly
fishing even though I saw fish rising five minutes ago when I was setting up
I’m not gonna make it cast I want to know exactly where that fish is so I’m
gonna wait for it to rise and when it’s head comes up again I’m gonna take a
very cautious approach I gonna make my cast at least two feet short of the fish
and then it’s going to drift down the fish probably won’t take it but that’s
way safer than trying to get your first cast at the fish and being three inches
too long and dragging and having a leader go over so start short lengthen
your line by a foot get a foot closer linked in there by a few inches get a
little bit closer and then nail it and get three or four a good you’re
effective drifts over it before you give up and try doesn’t fly oh yeah there’s
one over there so let’s take a look he’s rising close to the bushes so my first
cast is always gonna be short little bit of slack I’ve dropped my rod the fly is
drifting naturally now it’s dragging but I could see in that area where the fish
was rising my flow is exact same pace of the bubbles but I was a foot short
deliberately now I’m gonna do it again with a little bit more line little slack there is drifting naturally
now it’s starting to wake or skate or drag whatever you like term you like bad
but oh who cares I haven’t scared my fish now another few more inches of line
getting closer and closer to that fish and the other reason that I want to be
long on this one is this right by a tree and if you get too long you snag the
tree and you shake the tree to get the fly off you’ll scare that fish for sure
this is a good cutthroat a really nice-sized song just being really
cautious working my way closer and closer until I can cover that fish that
was a fairly good cast that should have got some interest that’s try it again hi
rod drop a little bit of slack he’s feeling right in that bubble line look
how happy he is yeah there he is beautiful lay on the floor in the bubble
line look at that that was so epically satisfying this is
a nice cutthroat you can tell by the position where he was tight to the bank
in the food laying in the oxygen Lane but let’s see we can get him out here
whilst I’m out here so keep the rod low I’m paying a fish pulling it ups River
lots of sponge in the rod and you’re trying to pull the fish upstream of you
once you get the fish above you then it’s a really easy matter of just
turning the rod and letting it drift into the net beautiful oh yeah what a
gorgeous cut through look at that look at that for a cut through what a
specimen on the downstream Drive like alright let’s get this baby back keep
your head in the water upstream never little back and forth oh just let it
swim out your hand that was epic oh my gosh I love the downstream drive
line you can see why it’s a technical way to fish you’ve got to be really
accurate with your cars you’ve got to understand the currents go to understand
how to give slack but not too much slack so you don’t set the hook and miss it
that is why you do the downstream Drive fire
so hopefully you enjoyed this episode as much as I did it was a great episode of
how to Rio is how to fish a dry fly downstream if you enjoyed it stay tuned
you got plenty more episodes on the reel website on Rios how-to videos thank you
ever so much for watching

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