Monthly Archives: August 2018

Water Visibility & Stream Trout Fishing – Part 3

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

Let’s look at the three different days described earlier in the series to see how water visibility influenced where the fish were caught. Recall that these three days occurred over three consecutive weeks on the same section of my favorite river while using the same or very similar flies.

Day 1: High Water Visibility (i.e. you can see the bottom clearly in two or more feet of water)

  • Time-first week of March

  • Weather-clear and sunny

  • Water-low and exceptionally clear

The first outing of the year started at midday and the water was clear. I could see the bottom in about four feet of water. I caught 13 fish. Ten took the #16 bead-head nymph. Three fish were caught on the larger mini-streamer. Fish were basically in their typical holding areas. Since it was a sunny day and the water was very clear, the fish were holding against obstructions in two to three feet of water. Some of the fish came in shallower water in riffles where the surface disturbances caused by the current and the rocks in the riffle decreased water visibility. The takes showed as subtle pauses on the strike indicator. more…

Water Visibility & Stream Trout Fishing – Part 2

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

Three days and three completely different patterns for where the fish were and which fly the trout preferred. This is what trout fishing is all about. A big part of being successful at stream trout fishing is problem solving. Every day is a new day with its own unique weather and water conditions. Sometimes you can get a couple of outings in a row where everything is the same but that is rare.

Patterns begin to emerge the more you fish. Keeping a fishing log can help put those patterns together. Recording the date, a brief description of the weather, water clarity, time of day, where fish were caught and what they were caught on will help piece the patterns together.

There are a couple of simple maxims to keep in mind as you start fishing on each outing. First, fish tend to hold near areas where current brings food past them. They rarely hold in fast current unless there is an obstruction or a depression in the riverbed breaking the current. Holding in fast current requires extra energy. Unless food is plentiful, a fish cannot afford to expend more energy in the current than it will gain from the food it can eat. more…

Water Visibility & Stream Trout Fishing – Part 1

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

Part 1: Water Visibility and Stream Trout Fishing – Three Different Outings

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to improve the size and quantity of fish I catch. Over the past few years, my experience helped me to piece together a factor that has substantially improved my fishing success. Understanding this factor has connected seemingly random experiences on the river that never made sense. Having said that, I realize, as we all do, that there are many factors influencing our success on the river. I am not claiming this is a “Silver Bullet” that will always lead to success. But I can say it has helped me figure out how to adapt more quickly and to consistently catch more and bigger fish. If you are interested in that, then read on!

This blog explores some influences of what I call water visibility on trout fishing. You may not know what that is as I coined the term (To the best of my knowledge I am unaware of this concept being discussed previously – if you are aware of this, please let me know). It comes from combining two familiar factors: water clarity – how deep you can see into the water, and available light – how sunny or dark it is when you fish. It is the combination of the two that unlocked how this factor influenced where fish are most likely to be under different conditions. more…