At Chile West, we use a bunch of different techniques to catch fish. The method we use most often is something called “bangin’ the banks”.
This method is used while floating rivers where dense forest grows right to the water’s edge, or where steep rock walls or canyons make it impossible to wade. The idea here is to cover a lot of water while drifting, casting the fly as close to the bank as possible, where fish are tucked in tight awaiting terrestrials to fall into the water.
Over-hanging branches, huge logs and giant boulders make great cover for the fish and casting accuracy is crucial. Trying to hit the target while on the move is like being in a moving shooting gallery and a casino at the same time. If you don’t gamble with the chance of hanging the fly on a branch, you can’t win.
So get that fly in there! Twitch it, strip it and re-cast. The objective here is not a long, smooth presentation – it’s to hit as many spots as possible. Cast, twitch, strip, strip, cast again. It’s hard work but can be extremely productive.
Using a line that loads your rod quickly will help you back in the zone. The fewer false casts, the better.
Whether using a dry fly or streamer, this game is fast, furious and a lot of fun!