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a bit upstream of and across from your target area. In the case of a section of riffles or pockets as pictured to the left, you then cast to the head of the riffle or pocket, let the fly drift a bit downstream and then stop your rod to cause the fly to swing around and rise. Fish will hit sometimes as soon as the fly hits the water, or along the drift and very often just as the fly starts to swing across current and rise. The diagram shows a sweet section of perfect water for the Pass Lake wet fly using a downstream presentation. In a section like this with the broken surface you have the advantage that you are obscured from the fish a bit by the rough water. If you’re fishing a slower pool or clearer smooth water you may have to be more careful and stealthy to avoid spooking fish. The dotted lines show possible drifts and swings for the fly. Start close to you and work across the stream. In this figure the stream is good holding water all the way across to the far bank. So keep working the whole width of the stream, take a step or two

downstream and work it further downstream. When swinging the fly across current try to keep it slowly swinging – not ripping like a speed boat. Be creative. Let the fly hang in like likely spots – sometimes a fish will find this irresistible. Pull it upstream and let it drop back. Try different tactics until you find what the fish are looking for. And, of course it’s not just water like that pictured that is appropriate for the swing. Try it in any likely holding water that you find: deep pools, eddys, deep runs, under overhanging trees and down rhododendron tunnels, log jams, etc…

Tie a few Pass Lake wet flies and get out there. You won’t regret it.

And of course, if you’re not a tyer you can always come on over to the Three Rivers Tenkara shop to get a few: www.threeriverstenkara.com

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