I guessed that most fish would be in the swift rocky runs or their adjacent eddies.
Nor were they in the tail-outs of the pools or the tops of bends, where current swept bluff walls.
Don’t get me wrong. All those classic kinds of spots yielded at least a few fish. However, of the 100-plus fish Pat Roberson and I caught during an afternoon of wading Tennessee’s Sequatchie River, I’d guess that two thirds came from a handful of spots, and those spots were all similar in character.
Our catch, which included nine different fish species, came mostly from the lower mid sections of long, deep runs with less current than I would have expected.
Where we caught our fish on that particular day probably isn’t that important. Even in the same stretch of river, they’d likely be somewhere different or more divided by kind on another day.
What does matter is that the pattern was discernable and that we were able increase our efficiency as the day progressed by identifying those areas that deserved only passing attention. It’s tough buzzing by places that look really good, even after you begin to unlock a pattern, but being able to say no to can be a key to catching more fish.
Pat and I were fortunate. The Sequatchie is loaded with fish and gets minimal pressure. We could have done a lot of stuff wrong and caught quite a few fish, I believe. That’s often not the case, though, and even when it is, I’d much rather catch 100 fish than 20!
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