When you’ve found a nice trout run, don’t wade in willy-nilly and start casting. Take some time to plan your approach, one that will allow you to cover the most water and avoid spooking any trout.
In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop stops at a nice run during a float trip and explains how and why he approaches the water to give himself the best chance to hook trout. When the sun is low–in winter or at dawn and dusk–you need to pay attention to your shadow, which will spook the fish. Not how Rotter takes a wide berth as he heads downstream.
The way that first fish defeats Rotter is also illustrative, and it’s important to realize that even the experts sometimes get their butts kicked by a fish.