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Wind challenges our cast and changes our drifts more than any other element. It forces us to adapt our presentations, and it makes some of our favorite styles impossible. But there is always a way to beat it. There’s always a way to make things work. And no matter how rough the wind, there are strategies not just for fighting through it, but for fishing well and catching trout. That’s what this episode is about.
Here are our best strategies for fly fishing in windy conditions. Wind does not need to keep you home. And it doesn’t need to force you off the water. There are ways to deal with the difficulty of wind, to learn something from the challenge and sometimes even catch more trout than you might in calm conditions.
Most of the foul weather that bothers us just doesn’t seem to affect the trout much. And if you learn to beat the wind and weather, or at least work with it and cut that edge, both success and solitude can be yours.
Forget the forecast. Just fish.
We Cover the Following
- Do trout care if it’s windy?
- How does wind complicate fly fishing?
- Fish closer
- Low rod angles
- How weight (in many forms) is what beats wind
- Dry fly, streamer and nymphing tips
- Advantages gained from the wind
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READ: Troutbitten | Explore – Learn – Return
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing Tips #50 — Fish Hard
READ: Troutbitten | Never Blame the Fish
READ: Troutbitten | Don’t Be a Hero — Fish Closer
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Domenic, your question and answer podcast was great. I enjoyed it a lot more than the Orvis Fly box which can be painful to listen to at times. The questions were much better and having the group give their opinions to each question was a nice approach. Looking forward to meeting you next week. Jeff
What’s up, Dominooch? I’m only about 35 minutes into this podcast as I write this. And so, if you’ve already addressed this question, I apologize in advance.
You guys are talking about beefy leader formulas, to be able to punch through wind. It got me wondering: In the course of building that hefty leader, at what point (if there even is such a point) does the diameter of the beefed-up leader begin to defeat your purpose of penetrating wind, because the increased girth of the leader has more surface area and therefore causes “air drag” and counteracts the force being generated by it? Think, holding a piece of dental floss vertically and stationary against the flow of a river, as opposed to holding a piece of garden hose. The hose has more heft, but the water drags against it more than the floss. Wouldn’t this same thing happen with air resistance as the leader flies through the air? It seems those physics must be in play to some degree, no? And if that is the case, wouldn’t overweighting a thinner leader be a better option? Then again, I can barely talk and cast at the same time, so what do I know? Maybe you can answer this on the next Q&A podcast, if it requires a lengthy and nuanced answer. Thanks in advance.
Love the podcast, as always. It’s like every Sunday is Christmas for Troutbitten followers. Have a blessed Christmas, my friend.
Hey Mark, good to hear from you. You jumped the gun. That question is addressed specifically in the podcast. Trevor asks it and we discuss.
Dang! So sorry. Look forward to hearing about that.