Most Seams Hold Trout Regardless of Size

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I took two trout out of this tiny seam on the Snake River in WY. Photo Louis Cahill

Just about all seams in rivers and streams hold trout.

The larger and deeper the water a seam has, the more trout it can hold. Likewise, the smaller and shallower a seam is, the less room there will be available and less trout it can accommodate. Just remember, regardless of the size of a seam, that almost all of them hold trout and are worthy of a cast or two by anglers. Back in the early 2000s, I had a boat mechanic buddy of mine I used to fish with quite a bit. He taught me first hand, how important it is to pay attention to all seams. At the time, my friend couldn’t cast very far. A thirty foot cast was pushing it for him on a windy day, but he didn’t let this limitation of his, keep him from catching trout. In fact, he generally caught more fish than the veterans that could cast three times as far as him, because he was religious about working trout water slowly and thoroughly. There was no seam or holding water too small for him to fish. He’d place his dry fly in all of them big or small, from one side of the stream all the way to the other. Only then, would he begin to move on, upstream to new water. It was amazing how many trout he would catch in water most anglers, including myself, thought was too small or shallow to hold fish. I’m grateful for spending time with him on the river. He taught me to search out the tiny seams and drift my flies through them to catch fish when conditions were tough. This strategy has particularly payed off for me on trout water that’s heavily pressured. I can still here my boat mechanic buddy giggling now. He loved watching his local anglers fighting over the deep pools and runs, because he knew he would have all the pocket water full of tiny seams and trout to himself. He also knew that many of the fish that held in these areas got half the angler traffic as the obvious spots and were easier to catch. That’s how my buddy caught so many fish. Next time you’re on a trout stream and the fishing is tough. Try slowing down and really working all the nooks and crannies with your flies close to seams.

Keep it Reel,

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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4 thoughts on “Most Seams Hold Trout Regardless of Size

  1. This doesn’t just work on trout streams. I went to fish the Everglades and I had never been there. I called a friend and he said, “you know how you look for the seams in Montana? Do the same thing there when the tide is moving in.” First place we stopped and waded had a nice looking seam in a narrow but between 2 islands and produced 2 snook and a small Goliath grouper.

  2. Great advice for any river fish – stripers and smallmouth especially relate to seams and hang out in slack water waiting for food.

    Size of seam also doesn’t always correspond with size of fish, particularly at low light or prime feeding times.

  3. I fish for trout in winter in the Mid-Atlantic region and they tend to pod up in deep holes and channels. Does this small seam tactic have seasonal timing? I enjoy your advanced tips and blog.

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