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How does the current affect fishing?

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I’ve seen many fishermen noting the current before casting, but I’m not sure why they do it.

Why do you need to know which way the current is flowing?

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  1. Oriel on Jan 27, 2013 Reply

    Fish always turn to face the current – in other words, they face upstream.
    So if you’re fishing in water with a current, you’re going to need to know which way the current is flowing, so you can tell which way the fish will be facing.

    Remember – fish facing into the current can see the full ‘buffet line’ – food gets swept down stream, right into their path… so keep that in mind when casting.

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  2. "Crabby" Harold on Jan 28, 2013 Reply

    Current is important because the fish are affected by it in several ways. They need to face upstream into the current if they want to keep their position — they can’t swim backwards, after all. And all kinds of food is carried down the current to their mouths. If they face upcurrent, the food is brought to them, if they face downcurrent, it’s swept past and starts moving away from them instantly, so they’re not likely to get anything at all to eat.

    Fish often go to the riffle at the outlet of a pool to feed. Since they tend to be aggressive there, you’ve got a higher chance of a bite.

    Anything that breaks the current is a good spot for fishing, too. The fish like to go to places where they don’t need to work hard just to stay in place, and where food slows down and can be snapped up. Broken trees in the water (especially ones with green leaves still on them), rocks, and weed beds are all spots where currents get stopped or slowed, and where you’re likely to find fish.

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