W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

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Re: W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

Postby Smuggler » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:49 pm

Sounds good to me Hank! Keeping the rod tip high and a small bow in the line will also aid with the sometimes violent strikes you'll encounter fishing this way too.
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Re: W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

Postby CM_Stewart » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:30 am

In Stewart's discussion of rods he refers a couple times to a 12' rod. With respect to lines he cautions against using a long line, although I couldn't find a specific reference to the length he uses. He also says to keep the rod no lower than a 40-45 degree angle, with little or no line on the water and drifts of one to two yards.
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Re: W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

Postby Troutmaddave » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:00 pm

As my fishing progresses I find myself fishing wets and nymphs more and dries less. I always fish them upstream. In small pocket waters, I use no more than 2x my rod length of line, and in larger waters slightly more. As I use mainly a 7' cane rod I'm usually no more than 20' away from my quarry . My set up is as follows;
3# DT line, 7' braided furled leader. Leader is grey with the last 6" high viz orange or yellow. This makes a very sensitive indicator, and 6' 3lb tippet.
Rod tip held high and only dead drift for 6 or 7', roll cast off and reposition. Wether directly up stream or across and up my m.o is fairly the same. Works for me. I think a little drag here and there is ok, kinda works those lovely soft hackles a bit!!
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Re: W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

Postby joaniebo » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:50 am

If you have access to Oliver Edwards' video on Wet Fly Fishing on either DVD or YouTube, he describes and demonstrates Stewart's Upstream Fishing method. You can see some of the method here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge7Cl6ltAAs
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Re: W.C. Stewart's Definition of Upstream Fishing?

Postby tie2fish » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:18 pm

Mr. Edwards is an admirable example to follow when it comes to both tying and fishing. It also helps to have the very best materials available and world class restricted access trout water. ;)
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