Coping with coloured high water


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It is possible to catch fish in very coloured water. Think fish, and you’ll catch fish. Don’t be a one-trick pony – learn to fish with different tactics. Where to fish: Look for ares of slack water, colour change, places where you know the bed of the river dips, deep pools and undercut banks. How to fish: Slow things down as much as possible. Keep in touch or use an indicator where you can. Be prepared to fish sinking lines and longer and heavier rods in order to get down to where the fish are. Give yourself more control, get fish out and get them back in to the water as quickly as possible. What to fish: Big, brash and bold is not the only way to go. But getting the streamers out (if allowed in the area you’re fishing) and getting down on a sinking line will produce good results. Try to swing the fly if you can fish downstream – if not, fish along the banks on a fast sinking line and keep up. You can also dredge deep in pools, and fish a heavy 10-pound leader. Try WoollyBuggers in black, white, orange or green; don’t be afraid of fluorescence. If permitted by the rules, heavy flies, Czech nymphs, and tungsten bead heads in a size 16 – 10 single or as a team of flies will all allow you to get down and search more of the water column. Don’t forget to try different flies such as a sunk deer hair sedge. Look for flies with sparkle, flash and bright hotspots. Remember to hang your flies at the end of a retrieve, as fish will often chase flies and be induced to take as they rise. Indicator New Zealand Rig – fishing wet flies dry. This is a wonderful way of fishing, and one that should not be disparaged even by the 99% micro dry fisherman like me. In fact ,it has much in common with fishing dries, as you are watching for the take rather than the yank on the line.The greatest recommendation – besides the fact that it’s a fun and engaging way to fish – is the ability to hook in the front of the mouth and not deep back, which aids catch and release. Presentation at different levels at a dead drift is a a very natural way of fishing, and can tempt fish under difficult conditions. It is a technique worth mastering, especially if you want to start fishing micro nymphs. Tight lines, and remember: Don’t be a one-trick pony, learn to fish differ
ent techniques.

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