The Count Down Method

Use the countdown method

One of the key things you’re trying to do when you’re trout fishing is to find the depth at which the fish are holding. This will change according to the light levels, water temperature, wind levels, and insect hatches, so you’ll need to use the countdown method throughout your day. After you’ve cast your flies, give the line a pull to straighten it out and ensure you’ll feel any takes, and then countdown down for 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 seconds to allow your flies to sink through the depths. With each consecutive cast, use a slightly longer countdown before you commence your retrieve to help you find the depth at which the fish are holding. Start near the surface and work down. Trout look upwards for food. Start with a five second count, then try 10, 15, 20, and 25 until you get some action.

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