Dead Drift

Definition of dead drift

A tactic most often associated with fly fishing for trout, where the fly is cast up-stream from the intended target area and the fly is allowed to drift with little to no movement or tension. This is extremely effective with nymph fishing in allowing the fly to sink and flow downstream at an intended depth, typically at or near the bottom. This also works well for fishing along ledges or banks to run a fly into those areas in a controlled manner.

Variations of the term dead drift

• nymphing
• indicator fishing
• bottom bouncing

How to use dead drift in a sentence

I like to dead drift stonefly nymphs in this stream for big brown trout.