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What can we do when the rains come, when the snow melts, or when the floodgates open?
Rivers rise in many different ways. From quick and heavy summer thunderstorms, to the steady light rain that remains for days at a time. There’s the gradual release of melting snowpack and then heavy rains on that same snow that pushes high volumes of cold water into the rivers. Then too, there’s the generation of hydroelectric dams where the river might triple in flow, on a schedule.
In all of these ways, rivers rise. And the responses from trout can be different in each case. Yet, as anglers, there are some things about our approach to high water situations that always hold true.
Muddy water is miserable. But to us, dirty water is an invitation into some of our favorite tactics on a fly rod.
These conditions are an opportunity. Because a changing river system offers trout new opportunities. It breaks trout from their routines and can have them feeding fast. However, as anglers who are approaching high water conditions, we need to assess those changes and see the river anew.
High water can be a wonderful time to be out there. At flood stage? Or in the near-zero visibility of muddy water? Probably not. But there’s a wide range of conditions that exist between what most anglers see as perfect and then . . . blown out. And for many of us, we’d rather fish on the high side of things than the low side.
We Cover the Following
- What is muddy and what is dirty?
- Do trout feed more in high water?
- How does high water help the angler?
- How can we avoid high water?
- When is high water too high?
- How do we change tactics to approach high water?
- Is it better on the way up or the way down?
- . . . and more
READ: Troutbitten | Dirty Water — Tight Targets
READ: Troutbitten | River and Rain
READ: Troutbitten | A List of Fisherman’s Excuses
READ: Troutbitten | Fish It Anyway
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If it’s muddy, and you must fish, you’ll catch plenty on worms if you’re bot too proud (and you’re allowed).
Perfect timing for this subject. Just spent the last two days coping with a cfs spike from under 4000 to about 7000. Rabid snow melt from a couple of unseasonal days (for Oregon) in the 70’s and 80’s. Good stuff once again from the pod. Thanks!
At some point in the future, Sloop (sp?) has to appear on the podcast, right? Gotta get him on at least once, no!?
Yup! These plans are in the works. Slooper . . . . coming soon.
Cool! Thank you! The podcast rules…always awaiting the next episode!
Sloop’s not slowing down!
Great podcast keep up the good work. Is there a video on Tying the Creelucs minnow?
Hi Tim, George Daniel has a good video for a jig version of the Kreelex Minnow on his YouTube channel.