It’s a common situation: Trees fall in rivers and get pressed against or near banks. Those logs slowly rot away, and as they do, they create great holding cover for trout.
The angler—whether walking the river or floating downstream—instinctively casts flies near these logs. But what is position A? Where should the first cast go?
Well, in my experiance, bigger fish tend to hold on the shore side of the log. So casting over the log with a dry fly is the way to go. I had always assumed that big fish held on the current side of the log, but the more I’ve been shooting photos and videos underwater, and the more I’ve been targeting deadfall, the more I’m finding trout tucked between the log and the shoreline.
An even better way to elicit a strike in these situations is by using a streamer—but that’s a tricky move: casting over a log and ripping the retrieve quickly, before the fly has a chance to sink and snag on the log.
Either way, you’re going to lose some flies casting around deadfall. But if you don’t hang up now and then, you aren’t trying hard enough. And if you aren’t throwing over the log, in many rivers you’re probably missing most of the large trout.