How to Effectively Fish Current and Wind

Hank Parker's Fishing Tips

Why do people fish into the wind or up current?  It's hard to cast against the wind, so what's the benefit?  Hank Parker explains why you should fish into the wind and current.

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Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with, and I'm here with Hank Parker with another edition of Hank Parker's Fishing Tips. Hank, this week's question comes from Angie Dover from Enumclaw, Washington. And she says, "Why do you consider fishing objects into the current or wind so important?"

Hank: Why do I consider fishing objects, casting into the wind or fishing with...throwing my bait against the current and bring it with the current? Because fish always face the current. If you're not in a river system or a lake that is generating electricity or letting water out at the dam, the wind will dictate the direction of the current.

When you're fishing, bank fishing small ponds and reservoirs, that current is completely dictated by the wind. So it's a lot easier to cast with the wind as far as convenience and getting further cast distance. But the fish unfortunately are facing that wind so you must cast into that wind if you wanna bring your lure in the direction that the fish are facing.

So always remember, fish always face current. It's the only way they have to stabilize themselves. I don't say they never swim downstream, but when they stop, they point that nose upstream because that is the way their fins work in order for them to stabilize. So they're always...when they're in an ambush position, they're in a fixed position in a river or a lake, they're facing the current. So that's why you bring your lure with the current, and that's why you cast into the wind.

Glenn: Great question, Angie. Thanks so much for submitting it, and I hope it answers your question. For more tips and tricks, head on over to and check out all the tips and tricks and articles that are on there. And if you wanna get notified the next time we post one of these tips, just subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks again and have a great day.