Published Jun 15. 2006 - 15 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Entering the water

I was recently reminded why I made my first few casts as I prepared to enter the river I normally fish. I was greeted on my second drift by a rather vigorous strike, and suddenly I had the first fish of the day... Kind of seems silly, but remember to our wet friends there is no "good" side of the river to live on. So before you charge into your favorite hole on your next trip try a few casts on the way out, since some of the residents may have changed their address to the dark side of the river.

Martin Joergensen's picture

Fish before you wade!...


It has always been a good rule to follow: fish before you wade.

I have spooked many a fish by trotting into the water in a stream or even in the ocean. I have also made a habit of casting along the bank once in a while, and more than once that has give the fish of the day.


rybolov's picture

I've seen this many times...

I've seen this many times where people will just charge right into the water. Making casts to just inside the water is a good technique for most waters I've seen, from pike lakes to steelhead streams. I've hooked enough big fish to give it a try each time I go out.

If it's early in the morning and you are the first person in the water, it's an even more productive technique. Fish go shallower at night because they don't have to push the current as much and they are safe from predators who can't see them when it's dark.



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