07-29-2004, 02:51 PM
Does anyone have any good tips for fly fishing drop offs from shore? I spent this morning on the eastern side of Wachuset Reservoir which has steep drop offs that continue into the warter where small mouth are known to congregate during the summer. The result was one small bass that I lost and the feeling that I wasn't effectively fishing the water. Beyond sinking lines, weighted flies & slow retrieves what would you do?
07-29-2004, 03:12 PM
Each location seems to have its own "quircks and nuances" but drop-off edges do seem to act like magnets for fish to setup patrols along. Depending on what the current is doing, I like to work the flies parallel to shore right along the edge of the drop if circumstances allow - not really practical if its "shoulder-to-shoulder". I will also keep on the move if I'm not connecting at a certain point after a few casts. Fish sometimes get into a fixed circuit patroling a section of shoreline. Find the right spot and you could be in business for the next couple of hours. It happens a lot on lakes but I also see it at places like Quonny!
07-29-2004, 03:16 PM
I agree with Adrian. It would be best to work the fly parallel to the dropoff/shoreline, not out and away from it.
As you probably know, the smallmouth will be hunting on the shelf in the late evening just before (and probably into) dark. I used to go to Sunapee with my family and where it could be tough to find a fish during the day the bass were hitting anything that moved along the overhanging willows in the evening.
07-29-2004, 08:13 PM
Adrian, thats pretty much what I was doing mostly because the rocks continue up at a 45 degree angle from where I was and casting parallel suited the location. Next time I bring the full sinking line & dredge the rocks.
Juro, your right dawn or dusk would be better but I was exploring an area I hadn't fished before and wanted to try in full sunlight to see how deep it was. The end result was that I couldnt give you an honest assesment of how deep, or how fast it droped off beyond 6-8 feet off the shore.