Skill of the Day: Rod Angles
Okay, we discussed fly placement in the last installment and I want to build off of that. Let's say I'm fishing water that is less than waist deep. I've got my anchor on the tag and NOT the point. My rod angle is going to be in a horizontal position for the drift. This will keep both my flies in a more natural position during the drift. I maintain my slight bit of slack in my line during my drift and key off of the sighter for speed and strike detection. It's important to get your weights of your flies correct to ensure your point fly doesn't overtake your anchor fly or you don't get contact with the bottom. This is definitely used in closer quarters. The farthest out that this method is successful is probably 20'. Don't forget to do your hookset at the end of your drift to catch those fish that take at the last moment and to also load your rod for your next cast. The other scenario is when the water is deeper. I then put my anchor on point and now my rod angle is more vertical. You still maintain the same bit of slack during your drift and all other aspects of the technique is the same as the horizontal. You can effectively fish this method out to 25 to 30'. If you are using a comp fly line or a 00, 0, or 1 wt DT, then you can go a little farther out. Let's talk about nymphing upstream of you. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. If I don't want to change out my rig, I can cast upstream and and slowly raise my rod to keep up with the drift. This takes a little practice but there are many times on the water where you want to keep your distance below the fish. Another way of doing this is using a coiled sighter. This method, you use mucelin or some other floating grease on your coiled sighter and let it float on the water, managing your line during the drift. The third way is to grease your straight sighter the same way and fish it very similar to the coiled sighter. The advantage of the last 2 methods is that you can fish very small flies with very light tippet in very fast water and still get your flies to the bottom. I use this last method a lot when I downsize my flies. These are the most common methods of High sticking and once mastered, work on any stream that holds trout. Go out and practice and we'll see you on the Reever!