Composed by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly
The heavy rains on my house waters last summer season left me 2 choices: head north to fish the mountain streams, or handle the high water. I enjoy to do either one. Usually, I would have been fishing for smallmouths at that time of year, however the flooding conditions required me to refocus on trout. Nevertheless, I found that a person of my preferred bass strategies– utilizing brilliantly colored flies– works for trout, also.
I constantly believed spotting strikes would be simple while bass fishing due to the fact that the fish would maul the fly throughout the recover, striking the fly so hard that it would be difficult for the angler not to feel the strike. I could not have actually been more incorrect. Years earlier, I was fishing in sluggish water with a regional smallmouth specialist, Andy Wagner, and the smallmouths were taking our banners so gently that is was tough to discover a strike. Andy informed me to connect on a white banner, so we might see the fly in the water. When we saw the white fly vanish, we ‘d understand that a fish had actually consumed the fly. Since, I have actually been surprise how typically I do not feel a smallmouth consume my fly, however understand to strike when I see the fly vanish. This is a terrific suggestion for the smallmouth angler, however it’s likewise a great one for trout anglers fishing high and shady water.
It’s obvious that the soft water along the edges or behind any blockage that slows the circulation are the very best areas to target trout throughout high water. Often, the soft pockets of along the edge are shallow. Your very first impulse may be to utilize greatly weighted flies to come down and quick, however the reverse is really real. If the nymph is too heavy, it strikes stream bottom too quick and does not offer the trout time to discover it in the water column. It’s likewise essential to utilize a pattern that is extremely noticeable. Given that trout can not view as far as they can in clear water, you essentially require to drop the fly in front of its nose. And when you provide a fly in such a way, the takes are generally soft, as the trout just breathes in the pattern.
This is where a vibrantly colored fly can be found in convenient. Our bass rivers had actually been burnt out for the last 3 weeks, so my kids and I had actually been casting for trout in high water. However my 7- and 9-year-old kids had trouble spotting strikes, leading to 2 aggravating days on the water. So we went to the regional fly store and purchased a few of the brightest Squirmy Wormy product we might get our hands on. The kids connect all their own worm patterns, so they went to operate at the vise that night, and after that returned out to the very same waters we had actually had trouble on the day in the past. Both kids connected a fluorescent red or orange Squirmy to their tight-line rig and were informed to set the hook whenever they no longer saw the fly. Within a couple of minutes, they were both into a fish– not due to the fact that the trout weren’t consuming the patterns from the previous 2 days, however due to the fact that they might see the fly vanish in the trout’s mouth.
I would consider myself good at seeing strikes when tight-lining, however I was astonished the number of times I saw the fly vanish with little doubt on the line. This shows how typically trout strikes go unnoticed. So the next time you’re fishing shallow and soft water along the banks throughout a high-water occasion, do not forget to attempt an intense color scheme. When the pattern vanishes, set the hook. It might conserve the day.
George Daniel runs Livin On The Fly, a guide service in State College, Pennsylvania. He is likewise the author of Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics, & Patterns for Streamers, along with Dynamic Nymphing.