.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


Freestone Streams - Part 6

Finding Fish in Freestone Streams:
In most situations when you are fishing a freestone stream, you place your fly in
every likely pocket, current seam or any other place a trout could be holding.
Even the clearest lie can conceal a trout. If you place your fly in the right spot, a
trout may take it, that is, if a trout is there. If trout are not there then you
certainly want get a rise. If a trout is there, then you may or may not get a rise
depending on many factors some of which are in your control and some of which
are not in your control.  If you don’t get a rise, you either try again or you move
on the next likely holding spot.

In many cases anglers prefer to locate trout by spotting the fish or their rises,
but in many of the small freestone streams of Yellowstone National Park,
you are usually not usually able to spot them. Never-the-less, most successful
anglers try to envision a trout in each and every likely spot. In other words, they
consider that if a trout did exist in that lie, exactly where it would be positioned
and exactly where it would be feeding.

Of course, you also must first take into consideration the type of food the trout
may be eating, not necessarily what species of trout food, more particularly if
the trout may be feeding on food that is drifting on the bottom, somewhere
beneath the surface or floating on the surface of the water.

If you do spot a trout, then you want to plan a way to approach it, select a fly to
best imitate whatever it is you think it may be taking and then make your
presentation. You know the fish is there. It is up to you to catch it.

When you are fishing fast pocket water, moving from one pocket, current seam
or likely holding spot to another, you don’t ever know if a fish was there or not,
unless you spook them. This is the nature of fishing freestone streams. It is
completely different from fishing spring creeks, for example, where you are able
to determine if a fish is in a certain place or not. Instead of finding a feeding fish
and approaching it to try to catch it, you fish in place you "think" a fish may be

Continued tomorrow....

Copyright 2009 James Marsh