Knowing when it’s a waste of time to continue fishing for a trout is as important as knowing where to cast. By reading a trout’s body language, you can gauge if the fish will take your nymph or dry fly readily, or if it has been alerted by your presence. Even if you can’t see the trout itself, a rising fish will give you clues on what to do based on the spread of its rises and their cadence. Sometimes, it pays to just rest a fish and let it get more confident. Other times, it’s best to just move on. Dave Jensen gives us excellent advice, along with some great video of feeding trout.
Watch for further installments of Master Class Monday every week here at Orvis News, in the Advanced Tactics playlist our You Tube Channel, and on the new Advanced section of our Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.