Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Secret To Fishing

Stream fishing can produce large Trout if fished properly. Getting to know how the water behaves in the creek bed is the first step to understanding what parts on a creek or stream fish might choose to call home. Trout like to stay in an area where there is a constant steady flow of water that brings new food possibilities frequently. In places like this they can just hold out and watch the current ready to snap up a meal that is moving downstream and delivered right to their door. One way things are stirred up is when animals cross or use the water to cool off and kick over rocks on the bottom under which insect larva live and are consequently flushed down stream in the current. The best way to understand a stream bed is to take a look at one without water in it. This will allow you to see where some of the pools might have been and places where the banks might have been eroded away leaving a pocket in the bank. If this dry bed was full of water these areas I have pointed to could easily be overlooked. Study dry creek beds that fill only certain times of the year due to seasonal run off and you will see how a boulder or an obstruction in the water can cause the water to flow at that point with much more force creating a pool or pocket. The next thing you want to do is to look at a live stream. Notice any boulders or logs that change the flow of water. If you can see a pocket, that is where you want to present your bait. Place your bait about two to three feet up stream and let the flow of the water take down into a pocket. If there is a fish in that pocket this type of presentation is what it is used to seeing, a potential meal being washed down stream. Within seconds you should get a hit. If not try it two or three more times. If there is no hook up after that you are most likely fishing an empty hole and it's time to move on. Keep an eye out for log jambs because these are perfect places for fish to hide. When using these flow fishing methods be prepared to lose tackle. You better plan on getting hooked up on debris, sticks, rocks and whatever is in the water that you don't see. This can get very frustrating. Another problem is landing a fish that is hooked and racing through the under side of a log jamb beneath the water. Well, as far as that one goes, give him line and hope for the best. If you do land one of these beasts you can bet he has been under there for quite a long time. He will be mad as hell that he has been hooked and ready to break your rod in half. Take time to fish the areas that most anglers can't or will not even attempt and you will find yourself hooking up more than anyone else on the creek. Bring a camera because the stories you will tell later will seem unbelievable to most fishermen.