The “induced take” is a classic method employed when “sight fishing” especially on chalk streams or limestone streams, (spring creeks), where you can target individual fish simply because you can see them due to the clarity of the water.  The same technique can be employed on clear still waters where you can often see the fish swimming around.  Great exponents of this method, at least on rivers, were the nymph fishing masters Frank Sawyer and Oliver Kite.

The technique is to cast, usually a single weighted nymph above the fish, how far depends on the speed/depth of the water and how deep the fish is lying and of course the weight of your nymph, not an exact science but experience and a little trial and error play their part. The idea is to have the nymph fishing at the same depth as the fish is lying a foot or two before the nymph actually reaches the fish, at this point you simply raise the rod tip 6 or 9 inches causing the nymph to speed up and rise in an upward trajectory in the water, as soon as you see the fish move and open its mouth you lift and most often the fish is hooked.  A simple and very effective technique especially for grayling, many is the time I have fished over a shoal of grayling on chalk streams and you get one, two or three by fishing dead drift but then they ignore your offering, if you” induce” you will get a fish or at least a reaction from a fish virtually every cast until they get spooked then you simply move on to another shoal.


On my own rivers in the Yorkshire Dales you are most often fishing blind, the clarity of the water, (or lack of it), due to the peat stain, (ling), means you simply cannot see fish.  There are exceptions on one or two rivers but sometimes in low clear water you will see fish on other rivers but nearly never on some.  The River Nidd for example which normally is very peat stained, (lingy), it would be very rare to actually see a fish but not unknown.

So on that basis can we practice an induced take, yes we can and it actually happens every cast we make!   At the end of every cast we lift off into another cast, ask yourself how often have you hooked a fish when going into another cast both on rivers and still waters?, basically the same thing is happening you are inducing fish as you lift off, the same occurs on still waters, fishing on the “hang” and lifting is a perfect example.

So, try lifting your rod a little a few times down each drift, it often works and when you lift off into your next cast do it initially slowly and smoothly, it will often bring you an extra fish or two and on some days it seems its the only way you will catch a fish!