Orvis Fly Fishing
How To Go From Fishing Small Streams To Larger Rivers
The beauty of small stream fishing is in its simplicity. Because the water you need to cover with your casts is so much smaller, you can afford to leave no stone unturned in regards to casting your fly into every single piece of water that may hold fish. You can literally fish almost every inch of a small stream in order to locate trout. This certainly isn't the case when faced with a large river; it may even seem daunting to fish when all you are used to are tiny little brook trout streams. Fear not! It's a bit simpler than you would think to decode the riddle of a larger river.
The easiest way to figure out how and where to fish a large river is to treat it just like you would treat a small stream. Put your blinders on and forget about trying to fish the entire river, just look at what's right in front of you. Most of the time, fish in a larger river are going to hold in the exact same places they would hold in a smaller river.
The selection of flies you may take for a day on a tiny brook trout stream is usually pretty light. High floating, brushy attractor flies are the norm and will usually get the job done. Those same flies may not prove as effective on larger rivers where fish have a wider range of food sources.
Once you have become familiar with fishing small streams, those first steps into a big river may seem daunting and overwhelming. But once you put your blinders on and view small areas of the larger river just as you would view a small stream, you'll be into fish in no time and your confidence in bigger rivers will skyrocket.
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