Powerhour Tip of the Week // Mending Nymphs Along Cutbanks and Cliff Walls
June 27, 2019
A couple of the best places to bag a mature wild trout out west is underneath undercut banks or along a cliff wall. The reason WHY these are great spots also makes them challenging to fish. A big ol' hungry trout will live deep down in an undercut bank for years eating nymphs and baitfish without too many flies invading their space. Till NOW! This mending trick will get your flies to drop in under the cutbank and hook you up with some serious fin.
Before you watch the video, be sure to really study the two diagrams below. Most anglers have a mediocre presentation along structure, and they don't even realize it! It's nearly impossible to get both the flies AND strike indicator floating along structure together in harmony. Its tough. I fished and guided for years before I mastered the "Voodoo Mend". That's what a client called it one time and it sort of stuck. As you watch it in slow motion you'll see why!
Gear Setup for This Powerhour Tip of the Week
Exact Setup Used in the Video Demonstration
- Sage X 6 Weight - 690-4 (awesome nymph and streamer rod for fishing tight structure)
- Lamson Litespeed #2 Reel
- SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity Fly Line
- New Zealand Style Strike Indicator Kit
- Deadly Beadhead Nymphs
- RIO Fluoroflex Plus Tippet (3X, 4X, 5X)
- RIO Indicator Leader