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


The Basics: Presentation - Part 23- Finding Trout in Rough Water
When the stream you are fishing has rough water, such as fast moving pocket
water, it becomes difficult to spot feeding trout sometimes. You just have to
watch the surface for splashes or the flashing mouths or sides of trout. Spotting
fish and then casting to them isn't generally as productive as blind casting.
Maybe blind casting isn't the right word in this case. I should call it casting to the
most likely feeding lanes.

When the current is obvious, you can determine where the insects and other
food should be drifting, especially on the surface. One tip I'm sure many of you
have heard is to put your fly where the bubbles are drifting. It is true that insects
will float in the same lanes, current seams or areas of water bubbles drift.

When you are fishing fast moving pocket water, it is best to fish in an upstream
direction and make a lot of short cast as opposed to long cast. That helps you
keep your fly in productive water most of the time as well as help you get a drag
free drift. You can hold a lot of your fly line out of the water to prevent drag. If
you focus on the current seams, or where slow water meets fast water, you will
increase your odds. That is where the food is mostly likely drifting.

Most all of the small headwater streams in Yellowstone have fast pocket water,
at least in parts of the stream. Some of it flows through meadows with little
decline. In those cases you have a mixture of fast and slow water, as well as a
mixture of rough and smooth water. I still prefer to fish in an upstream direction
and concentrate on the areas of the small meadow streams where trout would
most likely hold. The short riffles, runs along an outside bend in the stream,
undercut banks, deadfalls in the stream and other likely fish holding areas.

Even when you are fishing the typical small meadow stream, you are far better
off taking the time to closely examine the water than you are just continuously
casting and moving along. Stop and watch the water ahead for any clues of
feeding trout or insect activity. I'm not suggesting you only fish for trout that you
spot. I'm just suggesting you try to spot trout and cast to them before you begin
blind casting.


Copyright 2009 James Marsh