Illustration by Larry Largay
When you’re fishing a bend in a river, make sure that you fish the water close to you before you cast to the real “lunker water” against the far bank. Start from the tailout and work upstream, beginning at the tailout (A). Next, look for trout near any rocks or structure on the inside of the main current (B). Oftentimes, there will be fish lying right out in the open on the inside of the bend (C); these fish are usually quite wary, so you need to be stealthy and make delicate presentations. Finally, look for fish at the head of the pool (D) where there are rocks that break the current. Caption 2: Just because the guidebooks say that the trophy trout hold in the deep channel or beneath the undercut bank along the outside of a river bend, it’s not unheard of to see big fish finning in the shallows on the inside of the main current.