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Trout Tips: Pace of play

The world-famous Ridge Pool on the River Moy in Ireland.

Editor’s note: The following tip is from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” available now for overnight delivery.

If you are working from upsream to down, say, swinging streamders for steelhead or salmon, it’s important to cast, sweep, take a few steps, and cast again. In some places, like the Ridge Pool on the River Moy in County Mayo, Ireland, that’s a courtesy shared by anglers. You rotate through the beat, and if nobody is moving, you can’t get to the bottom of this classic run, where, whether you land a fish or not, you are rewarded, because you get to take a break and drink a pint of Guiness at Dougherty’s Ridge Pool Bar.

— Kirk Deeter