By Boots Johnson
Some leaves have fallen and nights have been a bit cooler. The next five or six days will be pleasant without the hot afternoons. This is a sure sign Fall is just around the corner.
October is the month to catch the big trout along with their smaller cousins. This time of year and into October trout in the streams, rivers and creeks of the Golden State are feeding heavily in preparation for the coming days and night of winter. The food supply has reduced due to most of the insect hatches being over and done with. Don’t get me wrong………there are still insects in the water, but fewer can be had for a trout to feed on.
It always pays to know the water, to be able to read the signs. Only in this way can you catch lots of trout and also have a chance at hooking into the big trout which live in streams and rivers. The fish will hold in certain parts of the water, usually where the current is a bit slower. This can be caused by underwater obstacles such as boulders, submerged tree branches or roots and stumps. A natural dam created by debris and logs will always hold trout in the pond created by same. Look for a change in the water surface such as a swirl or “V” shaped area. Always observe across the stream to find where the fast water meets the slower water. Look for it and you will find it…a change in the surface. Remember that when the fast white water slows and turns green or blue this is where to find a trout willing and able to end up in your creel.
Presentation is also important. By this I mean dropping that fly or gob of red worms above the spot you figure the trout are holding and let the natural current flow deliver the bait makes it look more natural and will not spook the trout. The worse thing a person can do is plop the bait right on top of the trout. Let the current present you’re offering. This also goes for cut banks where trout like to hide.
Never, ever let your shadow be seen on the water and when you approach a good spot to fish walk quietly because your vibrations caused by heavy walking will be felt by the trout. I have actually crawled to a stream and flipped my line into the water. Silly? No, not if it catches fish and I have caught hundreds of feisty rainbows, browns and brook trout in the streams, creeks and rivers of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Boot’s fishing tip of the week: “When trout fishing in the high country never wear bright colors but always greys and browns.”