Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (See Below)
2. Mahogany Duns
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies - Summer Stones
4. Slate Drakes
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
12. Cream Cahills
Spawning Brown Trout - Part 4
As mentioned yesterday, in the pre-spawn period, both the males and females feed
actively in preparation for the spawn. At this time the trout will be feeding as they
normally do. The normal methods and techniques will work even better than they
normally do because they will feed heavier than they normally feed. The time
leading up to the actual spawning period is a great time to catch a large brown trout.
As they get closer and closer to the actual spawning period, they become more and
more aggressive. The male brown trout will start to develop a hooked-jaw or Kype.
Large brown trout will start to strike at larger than normal flies. The response
obviously doesn't stem from the trout being hungry. It's due to aggression. They will
move a good ways to strike a large streamer that's being worked with a fast, erratic
During the day, those trout that are on their way upstream will normally hold in the
deepest water in the stream. Normally this is the pools but could also be a deep
pocket or run. They won't hold directly in the current. They use the time they are
hiding during the day to rest. The problem is that often this slow moving or even still
water is beneath fast water. It isn't easy to determine what is occurring with the
current from a two dimensional perspective so you should still fish areas of deep
water even if there is current on the surface.
I think the best flies to use during this time are streamers but large nymphs will also
work. I know that we sold lots of our "Perfect Fly" Hellgrammites during the brown
trout spawning period this past season. Large versions of traditional nymphs like
the Zug Bug work during this time.
Our "Perfect Fly" Yellow Marabou Sculpin, hook size 4, is a very good streamer to
use for the pre-spawn brown trout.
Redds are made by the female in gravel and small pebbles in shallow water about a
foot deep. You can spot the spawning brown trout in the tail-outs of pools and
shallow water riffles with slow to moderately moving water. The preferred areas will
have gravel that ranges from about the size of a peanut to a pecan. The redds look
much like the other nearby bottom areas but it will be cleaner and brighter.
We will get into this more tomorrow
Copyright 2010 James Marsh
"Perfect Fly" Hellgrammite (This fly is
weighted) Hook Size 6