A down stream drift can be made far enough up stream that the fish can't see you AND you don't have to cast at all so more water is opened up that was unfishable due to trees or what not. It works with dries and nymphs. All you have to to is strip off enough line at your feet (you should be crouched low so the fish don't see you), not get it tangled in the brush, get some line on the water and flick your wrist up to put more line on the water. Watch carefully and put out just enough line to maintain a drag free drift so when you get a strike the line it free enough from slack that you can set the hook. It will be hard, but wait a half second longer than normal if you get a strike on a dry fly with a down stream presentation. I have pulled enough flies out of trouts mouths to remember this rule and I still do it about half the time. Also, if you don't supply enough slack with a down stream presentation with a dry fly it will go under immediately. It can be very frustrating. It is, however, not the end of the world. Just give another 3 feet or so of line then pinch it off and swing the fly though the current. Retrieve slowly but know that you may only get one shot at a drift because dragging your fly and line back though the hole can really put fish down for a bit. Using a down stream drift at a lake inlet is also a great way not to spook fish in still water. This technique will also make you fight fish up current which makes them feel a lot bigger than they are. Great for brooks and small stream Cuts!
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