By Johnny Spillane
A quick response to Louis’s article “Trout Are Not Smarter Than People, But They May Be Smarter Than Me.”
Trout have a brain that is smaller then a pea. No offense to Louis, but I’m positive that you can out-think a trout in a technical tailwater situation.
Here are five tips to help you catch incredibly “smart” fish.
1. Go light and go small.
Fish are creatures of their environment. If they see small bugs all the time then you have to fish accordingly. 7X tippet and size 24 or 26 bugs are what the fish are looking for. Go down in tippet size before you switch fly patterns.
2. Match the sky
If you are fishing with an indictor, go with something that matches the color of the sky. If it’s overcast, use gray yarn, if it’s clear use a small clear or white Thingamabobber or yarn. You can also use a Slinky indicator. They are deadly with picky fish.
3. Use stealthy weight
If you are using split shot, make sure they are not flashy at all. Anything painted in a moss green is better then silver lead.
4. Keep it natural
The same goes for flies. Flash is forbidden with picky fish. Anything that has flash will not do well in water with fish that see everything.
People think they can fish a flashy fly above something that is more natural, but even a flashback pheasant tail above a slim pheasant tail will make fish move out of the way. You can literally see fish move a foot or to the side when something that does not look completely natural comes drifting by.
5. Presentation, presentation, presentation
Fly selection is not as important as presentation. If you can get a good drift with subtle patterns, you can catch fish.
Next time you’re on a technical river, try these few tips. I’m confident they will help you catch more fish.
Johnny SpillaneGink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!