May 9, 2018

1.    Adjust your approach: No river fishes the same year round so odds are; you’re not going to be able to fish your favorite riffle or pool during runoff. You are going to have to forget what you know about the river and find the soft spots. During runoff, these areas are going to be nearest to the bank, behind large obstructions in the river that create eddies or the inside of a big bend. As the flows increase, trout will spread out from the fast water and hold in these soft areas that experience low flow. If you find yourself thinking, “Why the heck am I fishing this recirculating eddy? I would never fish here during the summer, fall or winter,” you’re doing it right. 
2.    Up your fly size: We all just survived and hopefully thrived during this past winter season and are undoubtedly more familiar and comfortable with those minuscule tail water flies. However, when it comes to spring runoff, it’s time to temporarily toss those aside and increase our fly size. W...

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