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 Post subject: Best wind direction
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:01 am 
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Location: Freeport, ME
With all this wind, it got me to thinking which wind is best for productive fishing. I've heard 'west is best' 'east is least'. This northwest stuff - especially at the current levels, makes casting hard and even dangerous (can blow fly path into the back off your head!).

What have others heard relative to wind direction and fish productivity? I think Mal likes SW - slow and murky weather usually results. Makes surf easier and less waves. But, I went out this past Sunday (raining/overcast) and it wasn't a productive day. I guess it all depends....


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 Post subject: Re: Best wind direction
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:57 am 
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Location: Manchester, ME
Wind in the west, fish bite best. Wind in the east, fish bite least. Wind in the south, blows the fly from the fishes mouth. Or so my grandfather said. He never said anything about north.

I've had fantastic fishing on just about any wind but a hard easterly storm--and that's just because I don't head out when heavy rain and storm winds are in the forecast. But I had friends who used to flock to the mouth of Kennebec when a summer or (especially) fall storm was coming up the coast because they like the big surf and big tides.


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 Post subject: Re: Best wind direction
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:36 pm 
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My primary spot in southern Maine is not good with a NW wind, mediocre with W and sometimes epic with SW. Hard to fish on any easterly.

Down at Harker's Island, the locals say "you can't catch a clap on a east wind."


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 Post subject: Re: Best wind direction
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:19 pm 
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For me it's NW. Not due to difficulty casting, etc. but because cold fronts usually accompany a NW wind and that's death for striper fishing.


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