Unfortunately, the water between me and the rising fish is too deep to wade in, and it's moving faster than my target water, which makes a drift presentation tricky. One other complicating factor: There's a stiff breeze blowing from downstream-up (that's right to left in the photo). How do we tackle this one? Here are three tips that will help..
1. I use a spotter fly** to help me pick up the subtle takes in choppy water. In this case, I tie on a size #10 Stimulator, and then trail a size #18 Parachute Adams (the fly I expect the fish to eat) about 18 inches off the hook shank of the top fly, with 5X tippet. The Stimulator is for me, the Adams is for the fish; if I see any splash or rise near the fly I can see well, I set the hook.