Friday, March 18, 2011

Tips for Early Spring Trout Fishing - Small Streams

So you have been sitting there all winter tying flies.  You have gone out ice-fishing and it just isn't cutting it.
When oh when is it going to be time for you to get out there and say hi to the trout.  Not soon enough.
Finally it's here, the first Saturday of March.  Opening Day of the early trout season. 

Now it is time to put those flies to the test.   Before you go out though make sure to do a few things.
Make sure you have a thermometer to test the temperature of the water.  This is important to know because once you figure out when the water temp is the warmest for the day, you will know when trout will be most active.

Remember that the fishes metabolism is slow down due to the colder temps.  Keep this in mind when making your retrieval of your flies.  The fish will be moving slower, therefore so should you.  I like to go out at about 8:30 a.m. and see if I can get any fish moving.  The most active part of the day in the spring time is about 
10:00 a.m.  

Always beware of spooking the trout.  Sometimes in the Spring the water is ultra clear and the trout can be spotted almost anywhere in the hole.  They tend to stick together and school in the winter months.  Always keep a low profile.  This will help reduce the chance of a trout spotting you.  Also remember things are still pretty drab outside.  Wear clothing that blends in with the grayer backgrounds and sometimes things are white from snow.  

It is a good idea to check the stream for what the trout might be eating.  I like to use a scud, or tiny trailer.  Things that look like new hatching insects, pupa etc. work well.  I usually throw out a decent size nymph with a small gray/pink trailer about 1.5ft down.   This will usually cover some of things in the streams you are fishing.

This is one of my favorite all around flies spring, summer or fall. 

Make sure that when you are out these streams during the early season that you remember to fish barbless and artificial lures only during this period.

And don't forget to bring the kids along!!

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