Here we provide some of our thinking about techniques for finding and catching wild trout.
We focus principally on what’s different about small stream fishing. It’s targeted at the intermediate to experienced fly fisherman who has limited experience on small streams.
For some of this material, we felt a chapter format would be more useful than a bunch of web pages. In those cases, we’ve provided PDF files. These discussions are neither comprehensive nor authoritative, but we hope they will accelerate your learning curve. They’re based on my own 18 or so years’ experience fishing small streams. I don’t consider myself an authority, just someone who has learned a fair amount by trial and error, and remembers a few of the things I’ve found helpful along the way.
We’ve also provided a webpage on small stream etiquette, because how you interact with other fishermen (and they with you), may have as big an impact on your enjoyment as your casting or fly selection.
The PDFs are available from the >>>Downloads link in the sidebar:
- Fly selection on small streams (PDF)
- Reading water (PDF)
- Fly tackle for small streams (PDF)
- Using data to find trout (i.e. how to apply all of the data you find here to actually find a stream you want to fish – web)