The first consideration is whether there are obstacles between you and your chosen casting spot.
If so, your main lines will need to go over them, and you’ll have to raise your rods to do this.
In rivers (large or small), your submerged slack is subject to the flow of the water, which will move your rig. It will often drift and snag or collect debris, which may lead to breakage or an injured fish getting away. To avoid these problems, we suggest that you fish downstream from your position.
Sometimes when there’s a lot of water flowing fast, your main line can accumulate so much debris that fishing becomes impossible.
The solution is to point your rods upwards to minimise the effect of the current on your slack. You also need to lay your main line out to minimize the vibration from your rig, which the fish seem not to like.
For lake fishing, the “high rod” position is used when long-casting (e.g. from a boat). There is better contact between you and the rig, and a better chance of avoiding unseen obstacles.
# Caperlan tip: It’s often tempting to fish the opposite bank, even when there are fish feeding almost at your feet. Consider moving your kit back from the water and slackening your line. You might be surprised…