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: Casting on Moving water?

08-27-2004, 12:15 AM
I was casting on shore on a pretty quick moving creek today and wasn't sure I was doing it correct I was casting out into the middle and letting it drift with the current, and when it was just at about 10:00 I would retrieve it. what am I doing wrong or right?>

08-31-2004, 08:35 PM
Neil -

It really depends on how and what you are pursuing.

For instance:

If trout are sipping dry flies you might try an upriver cast letting the fly drift down drag-free without putting the line over the fish.

If it's steelhead you're after you would cast down and across and let the fly swing all the way over to the "dangle", which is where the fly stops down river from you before casting again.

For smallmouth bass or other fish that will chase a stripped (retrieved) fly, the cast you were making would work fine.

Unless you spot a fish, it's best to keep moving to cover a lot of water but don't wade deeply to avoid disturbing our finned friends.

Good luck