When it comes to river fishing there is one thing that is a “must” in my opinion and that one thing is wading. Being able to stand in the river that you are fishing is ‘river fishing’ in my opinion and is a style of fishing that I have been engaging in for more than twenty outfitters Missoula years. In this article I will outline some river fishing tips that will teach virtually anyone how to catch more fish while wading.
To me, standing in the flowing waters of a river, listening to the soothing sounds of nature, and attempting to hook and land a fish is as enjoyable as fishing gets and has always been something that I consider to be ‘river fishing’. I mean you can obviously fish in a large river from the bank or from a boat, but standing in a small to medium sized river and attempting to catch fish has always been what the term river fishing is meant to mean to me personally.
If you want to catch more fish while wading the first thing that you need to be mindful of is the way in which you move through the water. As you may or may not know, sound travels great distances underwater and as you walk in the river that you are fishing if you make too much of a “ruckus” you will spook the fish that you are attempting to catch. This means that you want to be as mindful as possible with every step that you take, especially if you are near (or in) the area that you intend to fish. If you want to catch more fish while wading in a river you need to be aware of your steps and make as little noise as possible under the water when you are moving your legs.
The next tip that I want top outline is how effective live worms are as bait when wading and river fishing. The best technique that I have found when it comes to using live worms as bait when wading in the river that you are fishing is known as drift fishing. Drift fishing with a live worm is an excellent technique that every serious river fisherman should employ. When using live worms while you are wading, one of the best that you will ever receive is to use some incarnation of a bait bag of to carry your worms while you are fishing. Using a bait bag saves you a ton of valuable fishing time that normally gets spent baiting up and re-baiting your hook. This gives you more time with your line in the water (where the fish are), rather than out of the water while you fool around with your bait.
The bottom line is that these simple river fishing tips have been helping me experience more success while river fishing and wading and I have no doubt that they will do the same for you. Add one or all of these ideas to your memory bank for the next time that you head out onto your favorite river to do some fishing.