Upstream dry fly only, that is the rule stablished in some English chalkstreams by their managers. The rule in the Balkan spring creeks is exactly the opposite: downstream dry fly only, this time imposed by the fish themselves; the only law that incorporates in itself the punishment of frustation of those who violate it.
Nothing like a downstream presentation to deal with a maze of uncountable conflicting currents for a long drag-free drift. Reach casts, pull-back mends and parachute casts, alone or combined, are their ingredients. Still learning how to master it, but isn’t that never-ending learning process the greatness of fly fishing?
I can watch New Zealand browns getting captured, Tarpon, Milkfish and a lot else and not give in to a sense of jealousy. But that river !!! Now I am jealous, jealous of the beauty, the technical demands of the fishing, jealous of the clarity and the weed growth. Jealous because to me, dryfly fishing on a lovely stream, demanding of technical proficiency and surrounded by the verdant beauty of nature, that is what would blow my hair back, were I to have any hair.. What a gorgeous spot to fish.
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One of the most beautiful rivers you can imagine. One of the most difficult ones as well. 🙂
Divine water mate. Have an intuition you have taken us there before – but running a bit higher and harder. If only I believed in an afterlife…… :^))