Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Debris, in this case I'm speaking of the woody kind. These are areas of a stream where from natural causes in the streams make up create these collections of logs, branches, twigs and over time leaves. These debris areas can be small and sometimes quite large. They afford very good protection for wild trout, as well as an insect attraction point.
When fishing these woody debris places on small streams I try to allow my fly to drift as close to the main part of the pile. Usually there is a good flow there and good visibility to hiding trout. The fly can be taken in front of, alongside of or just past these natural ambush areas. A word of caution, keep a close eye on your fly, these areas can capture your flies, and losses can be high, but your ability to get more hits will improve if you fish these areas.
The photos here show several different woody debris areas on a small stream. Each one requires a little thought as to where the angler should position himself to present the fly. I fished this stream yesterday and a trout was taken from each area.
A place to find hungry trout.
These woody debris areas can change. During high and swift water flows, and ice jams during the winter. This past spring I had to learn the stream all over because of the nasty winter changing things around.
This debris area produced this beautiful rainbow
The next time you fish a small stream and spot one of these debris areas, drift a fly along it..... you may be surprised.
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