Fish under difficult circumstances

Steep hike     Vertical hike
Location worth a climb
The long hike can lead you
to unfished water and solitude
- and potentially more fish.
Roddy MacLeod photo

Wind bursts, rough water, no room, large waves, difficult wading, long hikes or even climbs... All are factors that can force a fly fisher to give up his or her endeavor and return home or find another location. But remember: fish don't really care about wind and rough water - not to mention trees or rocks in the backcast. And if you master circumstances and surroundings like that, you will get a lot of room for yourself. Few other people fish such places.

Some fishers will even argument that rough conditions will lead to more fish, be it waves, overhanging trees or water that has been left alone because of its difficulty.
Be dressed and tackled to match the conditions. Adjust leaders and flies to rough weather or turbulent water and save the refined fishing for more regular days and places.



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