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Do you walk up or down stream when fishing?

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#1 Fish For Life

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:38 PM

When you are fly fishing do you walk up the stream against the current or down the stream with the current?



#2 Spanky29ca

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 11:52 PM

I prefer to walk upstream myself, since trout are usually facing upstream I can watch them feed while sneaking up behind them.
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#3 Piker20

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 04:37 AM

Upstream would be my first choice. I've found pike and perch much more willing to chase down a downstream fleeing fly than an upstream swimming one.

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#4 DUBBN

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:01 AM

I prefer to nymph upstream, and throw streamers downstream on my way back to the truck.



#5 mikechell

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:21 AM

When fishing minnow imitations, I move downstream, fishing the minnow upstream against the current.  Watching minnows flee, they always swim upstream.

Bugs, on the other hand, drift with the current, usually.

Since I usually fish from a boat, both directions are available to me at all times, so I didn't vote.


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#6 Piker20

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:48 AM

I would not say minnows always swim upstream. Maybe its a hemisphere thing, bit like which way toilet flushes. I've definately found the downstream presentation better for UK predators.

Matthew 25: 35-36

 

"Out of every 100 men, 10 shouldn’t even be there, 80 are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior and he will bring the others back.”

 

"No man ever steps in the same river twice"   — Heraclitus, 5 B.C

 


#7 brookiehunter

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

I have always had way more luck fishing upstream.  



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:20 AM

If you're fishing ONLY one way or the other, you are not a very good fisherman. 


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#9 heavynets

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

I do both because I have to get back to the car. I prefer to start out going upstream because the fish are generally facing that direction, but mainly it's because when I'm tired and ready to go back, it's a lot easier to go downstream.

When doing a float trip, I prefer to go downstream.

#10 tidewaterfly

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:10 AM

I'll fish up or down stream for casting, but as far as wading, prefer to wade upstream. Not so much because of the way the fish face, but mud & debris stirred up while wading makes it difficult to impossible to see the bottom, and I don't like not being able to see where I'm going. I've tripped over obstacles in the muddy water & been dunked a few times, and don't really like it much. dry.png

 

Wading upstream is safer IMO! smile.png



#11 planettrout

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:50 AM

I do both, depending on what the fish are most responsive to. Many times, a down stream presentation, where one is not "lining" the fish, will be successful with dries, wets, and nymphs. I let those guys be the arbiters of how I am going to work the water...

 

 

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#12 hairwing

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:15 AM

 
 
It would be a good thing to understand the trout's (or any fishes) senses before you approach them or make wading decisions. Just about every fishing book will include what the fish senses are and how it will help you catch them....here's one example:
 
 
Pay particular attention to the trout's window and what he can see and how the fish uses it's lateral line.
 

"As far down the river as he could see, the trout where rising, making circles all down the surface of the water, as though it were starting to rain."-E.H. Big Two Hearted River
"As far as the eye could see,several hundred yards at least, the entire surface of the water was a mass of dimpling rise forms, occurring and recurring with increasing tempo as the evening advanced." V. Marinaro...A Modern Dry Fly Code.

#13 riffleriversteelheadslayer

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:42 PM

I go both so I didn't vote it all depends on the fish


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#14 shoebop

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

If you're fishing ONLY one way or the other, you are not a very good fisherman. 

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#15 Crackaig

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:04 PM

Mostly I would walk in an upstream direction. As fishing is mostly done from a fixed start / finish point this means walking back. If I want to fish I as I walk back I do it in a series of loops. Walk to the bottom of the pool and fish up it, then walk to the pool below and fish up that. Of course this is trout fishing. Salmon fishing is usually done walking downstream, two good paces after each cast is considered good manors if someone else is waiting to fish the pool. Of course that doesn't mean that people do it...

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