Rosenbauer: 15 Tips on Early Season Trout Fishing

May 1, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Author Tom Rosenbauer gives fly anglers a few pointers on early season trout fishing in the latest Orvis Podcast. He’s divided his tips by type of flies being used — dries, nymphs, wets, streamers — but his first suggestion is one fly anglers will find useful no matter which angling method they choose.
“The water you’re fishing, or the water type you’re fishing early in the season, is much more important than the fly you’re using, or even the angling method you’re using. What happens is that trout tend to gather in wintering holes, when the water is cold and there’s anchoring ice and chunks of logs and ice floating downstream in the spring runoff. So they tend to get into slower, deeper holes where they are more protected.”