Slow vs. Fast Water

I’m definitely finding that fast vs. slow water makes a big difference. For the former, larger and brighter flies can work well. For the latter, small and more subdued is best.

Example: I tied earlier in the year some thin and small Baetis emergers in a size 18 (edit: recipe here). They work phenomenally well when the current is slow to moderate. They get lost in the wash in white water.

When fish are in tailouts or shallow water, I will continue to fish this BWO fly.


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4 thoughts on “Slow vs. Fast Water

  1. After reading ‘Active Nymphing’ I have started moving the flies, most times weighted, as soon as they hit the water next to a targeted structure. This tactic has worked pretty well most especially in slow water with brush piles, boulders and against banks along deep runs. It takes some getting used to casting them, especially the back cast but the idea is to sink the nymph fast and move it right away.

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