Where do fish hold in Pocket Water?
Location 1 - The Center Seam
This is the most ideal spot for trout to hold in Pocket Water. At the center, there exists a relatively slower area. With the current running faster on both sides, fish are able to stay in the slower water (conserving energy) while they wait for a nice meal to pass by. The rough surface also obscures the view of overhead predators adding a nice level of security.
Location 2 - The Y
With converging currents, the water is pushed in a number of different directions. Left, right, towards the rock, downstream. Although it is not an impossible trout lie, the swirling currents make it hard for the fish to comfortably stay in one place and for anglers to get flies to the right depth/position.
Location 3 - The Sides
Remembering back to the current section (click here to read it), recall that friction slows current. Hitting the sides of the rock, current slows just enough to provide a great hold. Definitely try your luck here.
Location 4 - The Front
This is often a very overlooked spot. As current travels downstream, it hits the rock head on ⬇. Similar to a bouncy ball, some of that energy rebounds pushing back against the current ⬆. The two forces counteract each other causing an area of slower water 🔃 . You'll be surprised at how many fish call this spot home.
What is the best way to fish Pocket Water?
The hardest part about fishing pocket water is the multiple currents involved (see picture below). With faster currents on the outside, a slower current down the middle, and a swirling eddy in the pocket, you've got quite a task on your hand.