In-Fisherman: Summertime Trout
Fishing Tips & Tricks from the In-Fisherman
After spring flows subside, trout streams run clear and trout are harder to catch. A prerequisite for any small-stream presentation is to avoid spooking fish, especially old hook-jaw browns that are known to be wary. Stream fishing for trout is a version of cat and mouse–you’re the cat.
These are the rules:
- Wear camouflage clothing that blends with the background of the day.
- Avoid white, yellow, or fluorescent colors, especially on hats
- Approach holding areas from angles underneath, behind, or outside
the trout’s range of vision. Stay low.
- Keep natural objects like vegetation logs and trees between you and
the fish to conceal your presence.
- Walk softly and avoid breaking sticks to minimize ground vibrations.
- Move slowly. If possible, keep your rod low and parallel to the water
- Cast to lies from as far away as your casting ability allows.
- Cast relatively far upstream of lies. The closer your cast is to the trout,
the quieter your lure entry into the water must be.
- Try imitations of terrestrial insects, aquatic nymphs, small spinners,
or light jigs with livebait.
- Feather your line with a finger as the lure flies, increase pressure
as it nears the target, and stop it inches above the water.
Tips & Tricks Courtesy of In-Fisherman
7819 Highland Scenic Road
Baxter, MN 56425