Wednesday, August 13, 2008

High water

All of our trout streams are running high for this time of the year. Oatka Creek where I've been doing most of my fishing has been flowing over the 3 foot mark. The watercolor this week has been very poor. Earlier this week we were fishing in water that had about 2 feet of visibility. Even though there was a very strong trico hatch the trout obviously were not feeding on the bugs. Between the high water and bad visibility there was no opportunity for dry fly fishing. However these conditions do provide a very unique opportunity for streamer fishing. As I've said in the past trout love to eat crayfish. There is also a second food source that becomes available to the trout daring high water flows. According to Carl This is a bug that is commonly called a oak leaf larva which is some sort of crane fly. These are large bugs that are strong swimmers and have a tendency to active on the water and become very available to the trout. When you take all this into account it becomes obvious why size 10 brown, black, dark olive woolly buggers are so effective. When fishing streamer's you need to cover a lot of water. Do not stay in one pool for long, there may only be one or two trout actively feeding. If the fish wants your streamer they will run it down and eat it. Just as important as covering a lot of water, is constantly altering the style and type of retrieved you are using. Try fishing a wet fly swing and mix in some short strips. You'll will also want to try stripping the fly straight a crossed the water. After awhile it will become obvious which style of retrieved the trout prefer on that particular day.

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