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Blog #2: How to read River water

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Hello again! I hope you’re having a great week!.....did ya miss me? Well, I can only hope so! Okay, let’s get to it! Clap your hands together 👏 rub ehm real good and get back to work, because today we’re learning about how to read the water in rivers.

I’ve floated down the Bow River twice and casted from the shore about a handful of times, so I don’t know it like the back of my hand, but I know that there are loads of great spots to cast into. With the help of my co-worker guides-men I have learned that saying “Here fishy fishy!” Is not the way to go. Haha just kidding, I know that isn’t the best method….sometimes I wish it was that easy though! That’s the fun part of fly fishing though; it can be a challenge and you really need to apply your knowledge. Fishing in my opinion, would not be as fun if you caught one on every cast 🎣 The challenge keeps it interesting. Kind of like life, life would get boring if you got everything you ever wanted. I think we sometimes take our trials for granted. #countyourblessings 🙌 Personally, I find it much easier to fly fish from a boat on a river rather than from shore because I tend to get my flies caught in the trees behind me. I do however need to practise how to cast without getting my darn flies caught. That’s why I will be blogging about different ways to cast, I just won’t tell you when so you have to keep on reading all of my blogs MOOWAHAHA!

So the first step to reading the water in rivers is to think like a fish and look for the three things that fish crave, which include:

  • Cover: Weed beds, rocks, fallen trees, or over hanging vegetation
  • Food:Schools of bait or insects on the water or along the banks
  • Seams and/or pools : Places where fish can hold in slower water, while allowing faster currents to deliver food to them and/or the deepest portion of a river with the slowest current where insects are carried downstream #fisharelazybuggers

Since the current near the surface is faster than that on the bottom, deep slots and pools are good places to find fish. As well as big rocks on the bottom of these deeper spots because they tend to hold the big fat boy fish. 👌 Besides thinking like a fish and reading the water, another factor to account for is the weather. The weather will effect where the fish want to be during certain times of the day. For example, fish will want to stay in the shaded areas during the hottest part of the day 🌞 and the colder the weather gets, ❄️ the deeper the fish go to stay warm.

See below my attempt to draw out an example of the types of water currents in a river

Yes, you may laugh at my child-like fish drawings.

Tip of the day: If you’re fishing from the riverbank, make sure you approach the water slowly, fish are easily scared.

Fact of the day: 75% of the fish use 25% of the water. So casting where ever your heart desires isn’t the best method. Use what you know, and out smart the fish by thinking like one.

Stay tuned for our next blog and remember: Never stop fishing! ✌