Rainy days and high water, try fishing some nymphs.

3/13/10  When I got on the river the water temperature was a chilly 36 degrees.  The rain and low water temps ensured that the winter/summer Caddis were a no go. However, the rain and high water made an excellent opportunity to nymph for trout. Two important things to remember when targeting trout with nymphs are to identify their food source, and to get your flies down.  Identifying food source is important because it can certainly change drastically form one section of river to the next.  You can and should do this each time you fish by just turning over a few rocks and inspecting the life underneath.  So after turning some rocks over and sampling the streambed, I found the largest concentrations of macro organisms to include 20-22 green caddis larvae, and 16-18 mayfly nymphs.  I like to fish these patterns tied from the bend of a larger, and heavier point fly with a 12” piece of tippet material. The point fly should be larger, and weighted to help get the “team” of flies to the bottom quickly.  You can get your flies down with some split shot applied to the leader ahead of the point fly.  Next time your on the water and find nothing apparently happening, two things you might try are turning over a few rocks and determining a trout’s diet, or simply drifting some nymphs along the bottom.

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