Fly Fishing a Large Pool
Apart from summer fly-fishing, under dry weather conditions, several other situations will occur to the experienced angler as calling for a long line and accurate and delicate handling. To revert for a moment to pool fishing, it may be said that a large pool, in the average rocky and forest-margined trout stream, at all times requires far-casting if you would get the most out of itómeaning possibly a three-pounder. Starting to cast with two things in mind, that many times the pool is best fished up-stream and that, other things being equal, a short line is always safest, the angler will cover all available water with a moderate length of line, and then, picking out some vantage-point where the back cast may be made with the greatest assurance that it will not hang-up, he will whip the far-off places where his stream experience hints that a trout may be lying.
The angler of limited casting ability is distinctly handicapped when it comes to fishing a large pool. Furthermore it is a fact that the ability to get out a long line, although with entire lack of delicacy, and though the flies hit the water as if shot from a rifle, is far better than not to be able to handle anything but a short line; for, many times, the character of the pool will be such that distance and fair accuracy are the only requisites. In a pool of broken, swirling water, foam covered and swift, it makes little difference whether the flies come down lightly or not. When fishing this sort of water the submerged fly is the proper thing, and the situation demands only the ability, by strong-arm methods or in any other way, to get out the line far enough.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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