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Skill of the Day: Reading Water 2

We talked about the needs of trout as it pertains to food, shelter, and health, now let's talk about how to use this knowledge on the water. When covering water, I like to break the current seams into 4 different parts. You have the inner seam, middle seam, outerseam, and the tailout. I will normally fish the tailout first in order to catch the fish at the back of the pile and prevent spooking out the run as much as possible. I will fish this from closest to father away tome. Look for upslopes on a tailout as this will cause turbulence in thewater and aids in dislogding food from the rocks. The fish will sit midway up to feed on tumbling nymphs. This is part of hydraulics and the better understanding you have of this, the better your catch rate will be. After fishing the tailout, I'll fish the inner seam, then middle, then outer. I do this to prevent overlining fish as much as possible. It's important that you get your flies to the bottom as fast as possible. There are a couple of ways to do this. First you can use a heavy anchor fly. This can be a trade off if the fly is too big to be a reasonable food source, you may be using this fly to strictly get your other fly in the food lane. The second in to downsize your tippet, 6X or even 7X provides less drag in the water thus allowing your flies to sink faster. The third way is to perform a tuck or slap cast to drive your flies into the water. I hardly every oversize my anchor fly as I prefer to fish both flies. I fish 6X almost exclusively and haven't had a problem landing big fish. I use the tuck cast for longer runs and slap casts in shorter plunge pools. Let the hydraulics of the water work for you. Put your flies in position to work around big rocks or ledges as these are perfect ambush points for trout. Finally, if the water is real clear, stay low to the water so not to cast shadows or spook trout. They are wired to threats above the water and will spook when they detect movement from above. I will talk about more techniques later, but this should be a good starting point of knowledge for most new trout fisherman. See you all on the reever!