Trying to find out where trout will bite is the key to any successful fly fishing expedition. New fishermen struggle with this more than anything else. Even if you have mastered the techniques, the patterns and the ability to cast, if you can’t put that little fly in front of a hungry trout, it is all for naught. There are a number of different ways to look at it, but the bottom line is learning where they are and when they are hungry is where it is at if you are a fly fisherman. Here are some tips to understand the when, where and why:
On top of the water
Though it is rare, you will sometimes see trout start to break the surface to eat some bugs. The adult bugs are of particular interest to the trout and they will sometimes even come out of the water. Generally speaking this is considered a rarity. Most trout feeding zones are located underwater. Still, if you are lucky enough to find a late evening trout party on the surface, a nice, simple dry fly will do the trick quite well.
Under the water very shallow
This area is also fairly non-trout worthy. They will chase the occasional bug up here, but that is not something they generally want to do. They want to go down low. They want the deep end. If you do have them rolling on the surface, then try a dry bug or fly for good measure. No harm if you miss, right?
Halfway to the bottom
This is pretty much a dead zone for trout. They have no real food sources that hang out here, so they generally don’t bother. You can occasionally snag one here, but it is not a method that will net you a decent percentage to say the least.
Bottom dwelling baby
Over 3/4ths of the trouts food will be found trolling along the bottom of the water. They love eating all the insects and various treats along the bottom. Because the food is here, the fish will be here. Because the fish are here, you should be too if you are fly fishing most of the time. It is time for the weights and streamers to get to where they are. Go for the big ones on the bottom for real fun.