Fishing Edge Water

April 3, 2012


Fishing Edge Water by Lance Egan

I saw this post about fishing the edges by Lance Egan the other day and wanted to share it.  I have always told newer fly fisherman this tip along with fishing skinny water.  I think many people would be very surprised to learn where fish hold in the river and that they pass up many fish.  I have seen many underwater videos of fish and how they hold behind a 2 inch rock or a small plant.  When watching fish underwater it always reminds me to think and rethink of where fish hold and that they will sometimes be in places you don’t realize.

here is the post by Lance Egan from 

Today’s quick tip – Don’t forget to cover the edges of the river.

In our haste to quickly get to THE big pool we often overlook the small pockets and edges.  One of the many tips others have shared with me is to carefully cast in the shallow water where I enter the river, rather than wading through it.  If you stop and think about it I’ll bet you can recall sending a few Trout racing for cover as you entered a river with the intent of fishing a pool up ahead.  Those edge water fish can be caught with a little patience and some well placed casts.

Check out this short clip of a skinny water pocket on the river’s edge.  It is slightly slower than the surrounding river and was home (probably still is) to a smallish Brown Trout.  Browns especially love shallow edges.


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