Fishing Crowded Waters
With the arrival of spring, you can anticipate your favorite waters to be crowded. However, following some simple rules will make sure that you get some quality time on the water. The old adage “the early bird gets the worm” can very well translate to “the early angler gets the trout.” Although we are still seeing later feeding times as we transition from winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t get an early start. Getting to the river early will not only ensure securing your favorite spot, but it will give you time to get a read on how the fish are behaving. While the initial read of the water may be easy, once the sun is peaking the glare will make it difficult, so make sure you have a good pair of polarized sunglasses. With heavy pressure comes easily spooked fish, so make sure you have a stealthy approach to the water. One way of maintaining a stealthy approach is by starting your presentation at the tail-out of the riffle and working your way upstream. You will also want to check that you have some 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet. Your approach and presentation may be perfect, but if the fish can spot your line, you won’t get a bite all day. Having a variety of flies ready is also key. Heavily pressured waters tend to house some picky fish, so if your set up isn’t producing any bites, try switching patterns. Follow these rules and you will certainly better your chances on those popular stretches of water.