Sitting here during yet another almighty downpour and the likelihood of a trip to the river looking a million miles away has got me pondering.
After reading a comment on a fly fishing forum that postulated that fishing spiders “down and across” attracted generally smaller fish. Hmmmmmm.
Now I am a simple man.. as those who know me will testify to….. and my style of choice always has been wet fly , down and across working downstream swinging my flies through likely looking holes and runs, mending the line as and when to try to control the drag.
Generally I do alright plenty of bites and pulls, plenty of fish in the 6-8” bracket but .. not exclusively small, I do also manage to get into the odd decent fish here and there too..
I personally think there is a lot of cobblers and over complication towards fly fishing, that’s not to say you cannot always learn something new though.
But am I missing a trick here, would I do any better if I fished exclusively upstream , casting my straggly bunch of misfit homemade flies upstream and letting them dead-drift back downstream whilst keeping in touch with them and a close eye on the end of my fly line for takes?
I can see the benefits of a drag free run through some likely looking holes but would the flies lose something in movement just going on a dead drift?
I can also see the benefit of stealth by fishing and working upstream
Also fishing upstream you are approaching the fish from behind and I guess they would in theory be easier to hook as you are pulling the hook in to them .
Well there seems to be only one thing for it.. sounds like time for a bit of a go at it me thinks….. My next trip….. whenever that is going to be official upstream spider day, I will give it a good and proper try and see just what the results are…. all being well this will be next weekend, i.e. 18th, 19th May as I suspect anytime before them the river will still be well high.
You lucky people will of course get to read all about it in due course !! 🙂