Saturday, 4 September 2010
Rooting for you!
...except during periods of drought or near drought.
Low water? Well yes indeed. Of course all trees need roots to live. Bigger trees by the waters edge, like this double trunked alder, have bigger roots and some of them stretch out under and - during dry spells - above the water!
Plenty of room for a full grown woman or man to sit cross legged. It will keep your feet dry and provides a great fishing spot if you are happy to side cast up into the run where the fish are.
These spots are rarely fished efficiently, as most anglers will either struggle to dibble a fly to the fish from overhead or try from the opposite bank. Sitting there at close quarters makes the whole process very easy and very effective too.
Just make sure you check that the root mass can take your weight without lowering you into the water, backside first, as you sit there in pride of place casting up to fish that are quite unlikely to have ever been caught before.
Special tip... do your best to be stealthy when getting into position. If, however, in despite of your valiant efforts to be stealthy, you do scare the fish, simply make yourself comfortable and sit there quietly and wait for the fish to rise again. Then when they seem to be rising confidently (four times a minute is a pretty good indicator that they are no longer worried about your presence) make your first cast to the fish nearest to you...