Some Great Tips To help you catch more fish while river fishing
The most important thing to remember while river fishing is not to spook the water that you're about to fish. I've seen entirely too many anglers do this very thing. For example, they'll wade 1/4 of the way out into the river and begin fishing. Thus leaving themselves standing in the very water they probably should have fished first.
The first tip is: When river fishing, remember to work the area that you want to fish in "sections". Don't just jump in and start fishing in the spot that you think looks the best. And don't just fish the water directly below where you're wading. Make your casts into the current then let your line or lure flow with the current until it is finally below you, keeping your line as tight as possible the entire time. Repeat this step while varying the length of your casts in order to cover the water entirely.
The second tip is: When river fishing, while using nymphs, the bottom is your friend. The goal is to float your nymph just off of the bottom so it drifts naturally through the current. This is accomplished by having the right length of leader and casting ahead at the right angle to the flow. Start with short casts immediately up river and gradually lengthen the cast as you cover the river flow from where you are standing in the river to the other bank. And with practice, you'll be able to cover the water and lies and the difference between the bottom and a bite with ease.
The third tip is: Look for deeper water. For the most part you'll want to spend 80% of your time on any given river fishing trip, fishing the deeper parts of the river. Deeper edges and riffles and of course pools are where a majority of the fish will congregate (especially in hotter weather). You don't want to get caught spending 80% of your time fishing the shallow riffles and 20% of your time fishing the beautiful pool below the riffles. And the deeper edges along most riffles (especially in the bend of the river) are generally more productive as well. Just remember: for the most part, deeper is better.
The fourth tip is: Match your fishing gear to the type of fish that you are fishing for. I've seen anglers out on a local stream fishing for rainbow trout with gear that would enable them to hook and land a small mako shark!
My personal preference is a nine foot four piece five weight rod and floating line with a home made leader. I start with a leader that matches the depth I think the fish are at in the river.
Some rivers need a rod a half length leader and others half a rod length. Experience will tell you.
These tips should save you time, and with any luck, help you catch more fish as well. So get out there and do just that. And remember what a very wise person once said, "a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work." Amen!
In summer you can find most fish in the cool water just below the band of warm water, this is called the thermocline. A great place for jigging.
Trout love cicada’s use this pattern when fishing rivers or lakes that have grassy banks and trees around during hot summer months, a good idea is to use a nymph as a dropper, suspended under it.
When fishing a weed bed, fish along the edges, around any isolated clumps of weed, and around any stumps or other hard cover.
If you need to handle a fish before release, it is best to slip on a cotton glove. The glove enables you to grip the fish without having to squeeze it, avoiding damage to its internal organs and burning its skin.
If you see baitfish (ie: smelt) jumping out of the water, it is certain they are being herded by trout.
Try casting your lure 10-15 feet away from jumping baitfish towards deeper water. Often, even larger predators are waiting in deeper water to ambush the escaping bait.
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