.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

09/29/09

Catching Yellowstone Trout in Cold Water - Part 8

Many places in the streams of Yellowstone National Park cannot be fished using
the short line or "high stickin" technique. Some are not easy to get close to
wading or from the bank and require a longer cast. Some are too wide to reach
with the Czeck method or "high stickin" method of nymph fishing. In those
situations you must make a longer cast and get your fly down deep and quickly,
yet be able to detect a strike.

One of the best ways to do that is to cast up and across and start mending your
line as soon as the fly hits the water. Use a larger strike indicator placed above
the fly a few feet depending on the depth your fly needs to get down to reach
the bottom.  You want to throw a large loop or coil of fly line upstream from your
fly. You must do this without it affecting the fly sinking. You pick up the fly line
with tip of the fly rod and then throw a loop or coil of line upstream of the fly. You
form the loop or coil of line by making a quick curve of the rod tip in an upstream
direction. It usually takes two or sometimes even three mends to get your all of
your fly line above the fly. You want the trout to see the fly well before the
indicator gets over the fish.

This take a fairly long cast that lands the fly well above where your think the fish
may be holding. You want the fly down at the right depth getting to the fish
before the strike indicator comes into view. This is fairly easy to do from a drift
boat but not so easy when you are wading or from the bank. The fly needs to be
weighted  heavily using non-toxic weight placed a few inches above the fly.

This takes a fairly stiff rod. A fast to medium fast action, five or six weight rod
works well for this. You may need to make several cast to cover all the possible
places a trout could be holding in the deep water before changing your position.

This method works best when you are fishing a long run or deep riffle that is to
wide to reach using the short line method. It also works well in higher water that
is not safe to wade. Remember you are facing an additional safety factor
anytime you are wading cold water. If you slip and fall in you could be in a
situation that is seriously dangerous.


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