Pocket Water provides excellent fishing opportunities in many rivers; especially the crowded ones. Many anglers don't fish pocket water effectively or simply skip over it all together due to inexperience fishing it. While generally the wading may be more difficult than pools, the fishing is often easier once you have a grasp on the techniques.
The Proper Approach for More Success
Chasing fish in small bodies of water is just as much a hunt as it is fishing.They are often great fisheries and provide opportunities to catch wild and native fish, but they do often require a whole different anglers skill set then larger rivers.
The subculture of warm water fly fishing for large predators has exploded over the last few years. Big flies, big fish, furious takes, and for most easily accessible. It's flat out fun. However, all this action is not had without heartache and more than a few unproductive hours logged on the river. Mostly by our own doing and mistakes.
Finding fish and finding feeding fish are two different challenges.
Your nymph rigging rethought
It is often said that the difference between a great day and a bad is one split shot. And it isn’t wrong. Often the success or lack of success that nymph anglers have is very closely related to their ability to properly rig for each fishing situation.
In the Adirondacks our season opener is more at the mercy of mother nature than law. April 1st denotes the legal opening of the trout waters we love and our first days on Adirondack trout streams will almost always be met with swelling rivers.
This year will be no different. As our temperatures rise the snow from the mountains that feed our rivers and streams will turn the clear water high and dirty. This ads an extra challenge to your fishing but certainly isn't a day breaker.