Fishing Tips: How To Fish A Dry Fly Upstream VS Downstream

When fishing dry flies you’re probably going to be fishing at an angle that is upstream or downstream. Depending on your angle, the way you should approach your cast will be different. Check out this video from Red’s Fly Shop for some tips that will help you improve your dry fly casting upstream and downstream.

Here’s the quick rundown:

Casting Upstream

Finish with the rod low.

Have your stripping hand ready to go.

Keep rod low and ready for a hook set.

Casting Downstream

Finish with the rod tip high.

Your fly should hit the water with slack in the line.

Lower the rod tip during the drift.

Feed line/walk downstream if you need to.


Thanks to Red’s Fly Shop for the informative video. Stay tuned for more fishing tips!

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