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


The Basics: Presentation - Part 24- Catching Rising Trout
When you do find trout rising to insects on the surface, you have a great
opportunity to catch them provided you don't spook them. The first thing you
need to do it to try to figure out what the trout are feeding on.

If you had studied your hatch charts and have a good idea of what should be
hatching, you are in a much better position to determine what the trout are
feeding on. The time of day should also give you a clue. Whatever is supposed
to be hatching would hatch at a given time of the day.

Chances are good that whatever insects you see on the water right in front of
you is what the trout are feeding on. If you cannot see any, a surface skim net
may tell you what is hatching. Take the time to try to figure it out so that you can
fish an imitation close to the naturals the trout are feeding on.

Don't rush the cast. Study what they are doing and plan your approach. Exactly
where you get to make your cast can have a big effect on getting a drag free
drift. Take the time to get into the best possible position to make the
presentation. There may be times you are better off casting across the current.
For example, if there is a rough section of water just below the feeding trout with
conflicting currents, you may not want to cast upstream across it. You may be
better off casting up and across to the fish avoiding that area of water. That may
require wading slowly into a better position.

There may be times you want to drift the fly downstream over the trout. For
example, if you cannot get below the trout without spooking it or it there is rough
water with conflicting currents below the trout.

Every situation is worthy of studying and selecting the best possible casting
position based on the water. If you take the time to do that, you want end up
spooking the trout and not catching it or them, if there's more than one.

The best procedure is to make sure that the first cast doesn't allow the fly line or
leader to cross over the trout. If you fly doesn't drift over the trout, make sure it
drifts between you and the trout, not beyond the trout. Once you see just how
long your cast is and where the fly is going to land, you can increase the length
gradually so that the leader doesn't drift over the trout.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh