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Old 20-06-2011, 10:11 PM
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hi all.
i have been fly fishing for 2 years on the local reservoirs and fisheries in my area. this season i fancy trying the rivers in and around my area. i have got a stratch i can use from a farmer i know. there is a mixture of deep holes long runs shallows the lot. my question is when i cast to the other side my line bellies in the middle and drags my fly off course i am bank fishing as its not the widest. there are definately trout in there as i have had them on other methods from this stretch. can anyone help and explain the basic principles of river fishing. thanks
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Old 20-06-2011, 10:18 PM
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Sounds like a nice water to fish. You need to gain control over the fly and consequently the line. Mending the line is the process of offsetting the current by good use of the line.

A good explaination here:

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Old 20-06-2011, 10:23 PM
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Have a look on Utube under mending fly line. Lots of good vids...........
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Welcome to the forum. Try this link, great information, a must read.
http://www.flyforums.co.uk/how-read-...ing-trout.html
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If you like you could try my DVD on river fishing tactics. £15 from me by paypal on p.gaskell8@googlemail.com. Phil Holding at Spidersplus.co.uk also sells them with various payment methods available.

It covers dry fly, nymph and dry (duo/trio) and short line nymphing.

Here is an excerpt from the duo/trio section (shortened from the main DVD) so you can judge whether it suits your needs:

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Welcome to the forum. Try this link, great information, a must read.
http://www.flyforums.co.uk/how-read-...ing-trout.html
i was just about to dig out this thread. you'll learn more in this thread than any other regarding watercraft

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Welcome to the forum.Try your local library -good starting point

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Standard wet fly...cast 45 degree angle across and downstream..minimal mending of the line ..

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Default Re: how do i fish a river

thanks to all replies.
same again today. fish were not taking the dries but my mate was spinning for pike and caught 3 brown trout to 2lb. (all returned) i will have a look at the links cheers.
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