Fish upstream

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fisherman wading in creek

It’s best to fish upstream if you can. This not only keeps you from muddying the water that you’re fishing but it also gives the fish the most realistic presentation of your bait. Small crawfish, tadpoles, minnows, salamanders and the like rarely have the power to swim very far upstream and are instead washed downstream. So burning a spinnerbait up through a rapid isn’t very realistic.