When the subject of river fishing comes up, it means only one thing to me. To me river fishing means fishing in small to medium sized rivers while wading. I realize that river fishing can be accomplished from the bank or from a boat as well, but to me river fishing has always been synonymous with wading in the river that I am fishing. The bottom line is that if you like river fishing in this manner, this article is for you.
Below I will outline 3 highly effective techniques for catching various species of fish while river fishing while you are wading in the water that you are fishing. As a matter of fact, these river fishing techniques can easily be “tweaked” for fishing from the bank or a boat, but for the most part I have found them to be the most productive while I am wading.
These techniques can be used effectively for almost any fish that swims in the flowing water of a river, and I have personally used all of these river fishing techniques to catch trout, large and small mouth bass, whitefish, suckers, and even walleye while wading and fishing in a river.
Drifting A Worm – Drifting a worm (I’m of course referring to a live worm) is an excellent river fishing technique to use while you are wading. The most important factor in drifting a worm while river fishing is the manner in which you go about hooking said worm. I know hooking a worm seems simple enough, but the manner in which you go about hooking a worm is actually of the utmost importance. You see, you want your worm to appear as natural as possible to the fish that you are attempting to catch. This means that your worm needs to be hooked outstretched, the way it appears in nature. Drifting a live worm naturally with the current of a river, adding just enough weight so that the worm bounces along the bottom as it flows, is one of the best river fishing techniques that you will ever come across.
Fishing Artificial Flies – Whether you are a traditional “fly fisherman” or you are a spin fisherman who uses a casting bubble (fly fishing bubble), there is little doubt that insects are a favorite food source of river dwelling fish of all species, and there is no better way to mimic an insect than an artificial fly. Fishing artificial flies is an excellent technique for catching fish while river fishing.
Drifting In-line Spinners – Drifting an in-line spinner is one of the most effective river fishing techniques that there is. If you allow an inline spinner to drift with the current, while “popping” you rod tip to create a “fluttering” action on the spinner, you will find that in-line spinners are a very effective technique to employ while fishing in a river while wading.
If you like river fishing and you obviously do because you read this article, employing any or all of these river fishing techniques will make you a much more productive fisherman.