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


Fishing Small Streams - Opportunistic Feeding Trout
Most of the time, there's not enough of any one insect or other food for the trout
to be feeding on selectively. In other words, there are not any hatches taking
place. Since there's 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 isn't any
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 the 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.

In the small streams of Yellowstone National Park, most of the trout in the small
headwater streams are either small cutthroat trout or brook trout. Depending on
the stream, there may be a few small rainbows and brown trout. If these streams
are not on a steep decline, and are in meadow type areas of the park, the size
of the trout and population may increase. Even though they may still be small
streams, the size of the trout may be much larger simply because they have
more food.

The fishing methods you should use in the meadows where the small stream
wind back and forth with deep holes and shallow riffles between them, vary
greatly from those you would use in the high gradient portions of the stream
where it is tumbling down a steep decline.


Copyright 2009 James Marsh