Brown Trout - streamers? Aug 4, 2019 16:13:23 GMT -6
Post by jonbo on Aug 4, 2019 16:13:23 GMT -6
Here's a topic for "Summertime Blues" conversation. It's something I've been wondering about. Someone awhile back brought up brown trout in the LMF and how there are brown trout, but you have to know how to target them. That got me to thinking (bad idea, I know.), "You know, it's been quite some time since I've caught a brown trout. How do you target browns?" The last good brown I caught was at the Little Red River here in Arkansas, oh probably, 3 years ago. I caught him on a sow bug which everything seems to feed on there. Except for that and since then, every halfway decent sized fish I've caught (say, everything over 11 inches), has been a rainbow. Some have been obviously recently stocked, others had nice fins and colors and all, some fairly decent-sized, most smaller, but only rainbow trout. Actually, I've caught a number of immature browns, 8 inches or less, but I'm not counting them for these purposes. They tend to hit anything you might throw and seem to need no special "targeting".
So, what tactics are best for increasing the odds of getting a brown trout take? My guess is, streamers. One reason I think this is that I don't throw streamers much, don't bring my 6 wt rod with sink-tip line along. I don't know why. I just don't think about it. It's been effective on rainbows when I've fished with wooly buggers or with these bunny muddler things I've tied. The other reason is that I think I've heard/read that mature browns are fairly predatory, preferring small fish to bugs. In any case, I've been tying up some minnow-type streamers, meaning to fish them some this winter. But that's all I've got. Try fishing streamers more. What I'm thinking of is bouncing near the bottom in some of those larger pools up on Spillway. Does anyone have any other ideas?