I love fishing beaver ponds. My first-ever brook trout was pulled from the bottom of a high-country beaver pond with my grandfather standing watch over my shoulder, many, many years ago. Since then, especially in high-elevation meadow streams, I’ve been on the lookout for beaver ponds that more than likely hold trout.
In the video above, I talk about approaching a beaver pond with the right amount of stealth, the right casts to structure and even the sometimes-necessary action a dry fly needs to get the little denizens of backed-up dams to come to the top. Fly fishing beaver ponds is one of the many joys that come with chasing trout in small water. Usually, the fish aren’t too terribly selective (nor are they very big), but it does require the angler to make some tricky casts, often from a hidden vantage point to avoid spooking fish that will eat freely if they don’t feel threatened.
Don’t pass by the next beaver pond you see. It’s likely full of willing trout. Instead, put yourself in the best position to cast over pond without disturbing the water or the fish it holds.
— Chris Hunt