Monday, December 2, 2013

Stream Strategies - Pocket Water

The following photos are the third in a four-part series of identifying and fishing water types.

A glide flowing into pocket water.  
Pocket water is easy to identify because large boulders and rocks are dispersed throughout two- to four-feet deep water. It’s also a prime lie for fish because they have protection and quick access to food that currents wash into them. Many different types of flies will work in this water type. I’ve had good luck fishing an Elk Hair Caddis, the Adams, the Hare’s Ear and a Prince Nymph. Fly fishers have a clear advantage in this water type because the broken water helps conceal them from the fish.

Pocket water at the edge of rapids.  
Pocket water seldom requires long drifts since casts are usually short, and you can fish numerous pockets without moving. Be prepared to set the hook because the strikes are usually quick. 

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