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


Freestone Streams - 4
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 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 holding.


Copyright 2009 James Marsh