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    Default fly Fishing deep for perch

    I am fishing a river which can be 6 to 8 ft deep in places, it is also tidal. When spinning it is important to run the spinner deep to find the perch in the colder months. What is the best method to fish a fly deep, as it is almost at the surface when pulled against the current.
    should I use a long or short leader , or shot, or a heavy fly on the point?

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    You can use wire weighted flies. Mend well upstream on finishing a cast and it buys you more time before the current pulls the fly around. It very much depends on where the perch lie and what type of water you fish within that part of the river. Obviously there are the different sinking lines to help too.

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    Hare's ear Czech nymphs catch some good perch and gold ribbed hare's ear.
    Cromie

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    Cromie should I retreive a czech nymph or cast it upstream and let it drift?

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    When fishing with czech nymphs fish under the tip of the rod and commonly without making use of the flyfishing line, the end of which does not touch the water surface in most situations. After casting upstream we leave our flies sink to the bottom gradually and follow their movements downstream with the tip of the rod.

    Keep your arm stetched out at all times, when the flies start drifting cast up stream again,

    Fish GRHE like a normal nymph with strike indicator casting upstream.

    Hope this helps.

    Almost forgot you need a long leader depending on how deep the water is.
    Last edited by Cromie; 22-01-2007 at 08:37 PM.
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    Thanks cromie I will try that method it sounds very easy!

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    yeah it is very easy, and i have caught plenty of fish using that method. But make sure there is enough weight in the flys for the depth of the water.
    Cromie

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    I really don't know if czech nymphing is your best bet: you've loosely described a slow flowing, deep tidal stretch of river. Czech nymphing is normally reserved for fast-flowing, freestone streams.
    Personally, I would be more inclined to fish with a sinking line and mini lures with a relatively slow retrieve. If there are also pike present, then you should be using a wire trace.

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    Yes it is a deep river in places with a muddy bottom, some areas have a gravel bottom were cattle go to drink. A few barbel can be found on these gravel areas, there is a lot of insect life here.
    There are also a lot of small grey shrimps in the weed, they look a lot like wood lice!
    The river is tidal flowing out for most of the time, then coming in for a few hours. It stops dead for an hour between tides then off it goes again.
    This river contains roach, bream, ide, eels, barbel, perch, the odd grayling and lots of pike.
    Its not the easiest of rivers to fish as you may have to walk a long way before you even locate fish.

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    Paul fish with size 16 hares ear patterns and you will catch fish. Make sure there is a good bit of weight on them for the deep water.
    Cromie

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