Last week Alaska West guide, Jason Whiting, presented us with a great technique for targeting hard to reach trout with streamers by using a series of micro mends to provide action to your fly. It’s a super deadly technique, and if you didn’t get a chance to read it, we suggest you check it out, here.
Today, Jason is back with another great tip for a situation that most trout anglers can relate to. Thanks Jason!
Micro Mends for Tucked-In Trout
At Alaska West, we frequently fish for big trout and salmon that have stacked themselves in the slow water next to a high bank. Far too often however, we see our clients get frustrated as the fly is quickly ripped out of the zone as soon as their line hits the water. Last week we presented you with the idea of using mends to impart action on your fly in deep and fast water situations. Well, this same method can be used in this situation.
When you make your cast to the slack water near shore or behind a rock, rather than stripping your fly, start using controlled mends to give your fly action. This will not only make a fishy presentation, but the mends will help keep your fly in the zone a few crucial extra seconds, allowing the fish to catch up.
So whether it’s a flesh fly to a Leopard Rainbow, a pink leech to a Silver, or a zonker to the big Brown behind a boulder, don’t let that quick water between you and the fish keep you from getting the perfect presentation.