09 Jun Spring Creek Meadows Brown Trout
Big Browns and High-Fives
Just a few days ago, a client and I had an incredible scene play out right before our very eyes. This particular Brown was cruising tight along the edge of the spring creeks in search of something to eat. We waited for the right opportunity to present the fly. The client placed his fly perfectly in the path the cruising Brown. The fish excitedly turned towards his fly, rolled to his left and opened his gaping mouth to take the fly. ‘Set!” I yelled. The leader came tight to the fish and the fight was on. After a hard fought battle, the 26 inch 7 pound Brown came to the net. High-fives and big smiles ended a great day on the Spring Creeks.
To get into one of these giants, it takes some strategy and patience.
- Clothing that blends into your environment/stealth.
- A good pair of polarized glasses. If you can’s see them, you cant get a good cast to them.
- Observe what the fish is doing. Does it have a feeding pattern?
- The right fly set-up for the situation.
- Confidence in your fly presentation.
- Patience, Patience, Patience
You may only get one shot at a particular Brown, so you want to make it count. Watch what your target fish is doing. If you observe a fish long enough, you will begin to notice somewhat of a pattern to its feeding routine. Once you feel that you have patterned the fish, make your move.
Don’t be in a hurry, the fish isn’t going anywhere (unless he see’s you). Take your time to prepare your line. Pull out enough line to reach your target, check for any obstructions around you. Plan to make your cast when the fish can’t see your movements. Most of the time you will need to try to predict where the fish will be.
Make your cast. Maintain a visual with your target, if possible. You may need to make adjustments (a twitch of the fly possibly), or just hope for the best and let it sit. If your fly is refused, wait for the trout to move away from your target area before picking up for a second cast.
Repeat the process until the connection is made.
Fly fishing for Brown Trout on the Spring Creeks can be very rewarding and exciting. The best thing to remember is to just slow everything down and take the time to observe the behavior of the trout before making a cast.