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


Freestone Streams - Part 7

Most of the time, there is not enough of any one insect or other food for the
trout to be feeding on selectively. In other words, there are no hatches taking
place and there is no great abundance of any one group of nymphs or larvae.
The trout have several choices of food to eat.

Since there is a lot of water that could cover up a trout, there are a lot of places
you could place your fly to try to get a fish to take it. If you cover them all, you
will be spending a lot of time casting to places where there simply are no fish. If
you only present your fly in places where fish are most likely holding, then you
are going to increase your odds tremendously.

Assuming you make good presentations, use the right fly and don't spook the
trout, presenting your fly in the most likely holding lies is the only way you can
increase your odds of catching trout in small, fast water freestone streams.
If you were fishing competitively, against others and thank goodness you this
isn't the case in Yellowstone Park at least, you would go a step farther. You
would only present your fly in the most likely holding lies or the choice places.

In other words you would make your first cast count, and make only one or two
more cast and then you would move on. In the competitive bass fishing world
they call this the hit and run approach. Instead of fishing a hundred yards of the
stream in an hour you would fish it in ten minutes only casting to the most likely
holding spots.

Am I recommending this method of fishing? No, I am not. Trout fishing would
become work and less fun. I am strictly trying to point out the way you increase
your odds of catching fish in small, fast water freestone streams. You only place
your fly in the likely holding and feeding lies.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh