Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Quill Gordon Mayflies
4. Blue Quill Mayflies
5. Little Brown Stoneflies
6. Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Back during the days when I fished bass tournaments, I was given some advice
about fishing that I have never forgotten. It came from Paul Elias, who is still a bass
pro today, as well as a classic winner, and the person who holds the record for the
largest weight ever recorded in a B.A.S.S tournament. It was during the era of
Kenny Rogers, the singer, because his advice was "you've got to know when to hold
them and know when to fold them".
What Paul was referring too was that you have to know when to move to another
location or where to stay right where you are. The tendency is for one to move too
often, seeking better water. The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the
We were fishing a canal that leads off the St. Johns River in Florida to Rodman
Reservoir. When someone goes through the lock, it fills with water from the higher
lake side to let them enter from lake level, and then lowers them down to the river
level by releasing the water into the canal. Paul was waiting on someone to come
through the lock. I was going nuts thinking my tournament chances were going down
the drain. I was just about to have words with him when the current begin to pick up.
Paul boated a five pound largemouth within minutes after that happened. I ended up
with twelve pounds from the canal within the next two hours, all taken just after the
gates operated. Paul had about fifteen pounds. He had caught bass there in
practice and knew precisely what he was doing. I would have given up and run to
another location. That may not seem like a lot of bass, but it was considering that
morning ice was in my boat. It was during a bad cold front that killed a lot of fruit and
vegetables in Florida.
My point is this. If you are in a good area of water and you are doing other things
right, chances are you are in as good of a place as you are going to find. Moving to
another location, often just amounts to wasting time.
Now that said, there are times you do need to change locations. Like Paul said, you
have got to know when to do that and when to stay. It is really a matter of
confidence. I have seen it played and replayed many, many times over the years,
especially when there was money involved. The more pressure, the more you want
to move. You have to remain confident or otherwise, you will loose concentration
and when you do have an opportunity, you will blow it.
Assuming the condition of the water in the area you are fishing is fine and you know
it has been productive in the past, most of the time you would be waisting time
moving. All the streams in the park have trout. Of course some areas are better
than others but if you are not getting any action, chances are it isn't the water you
are fishing. It is the way (method, technique, strategy, fly, etc) you are fishing. Just
notice how often you see the guys in the park moving about versus fishing. I can
only say that in my opinion, it is far too often.