Fishing Trout Tips

Trout Tips: The stream not taken

Often, the best fish live in the waters others won’t walk far enough to reach.

The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online now for overnight delivery.

Fish places others don’t. There’s a difference between improving as a fly fisherman and improving your fishing. Spending time on technical, heavily pressured tailwaters can sharpen your skills finer than any other whetstone. However, the best way to improve your fishing is to fish places others don’t. Hike farther and higher than the will of other anglers. Bypass the easy-to-access pools and tempting stretches of stream within sight of the road—keep going farther. Fish the gnarly places and the shallow riffles others avoid or walk past without thought, because these are often places where the best fish live.

—Jay Zimmerman, Boulder, Colo.

By Chris Hunt.