Tom Rosenbauer on Where to Find Trout in a River

Here is a stretch of fast water, and the places you might expect to find trout during a hatch. Trout 1 and 5 have moved into slower, shallower water and will probably rest and hide in deeper water when not actively feeding. Trout 2 and 4 are in small, bowl-like depressions of slightly slower water. Trout 3 is in a cushion in front of the large rock, and trout 6 is in a cushion between two submerged rocks.
Photos by Tom Rosenbauer

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