Re: Lost Somewhere in Trout Fishing!!!!
Hi Steelhead Junkie,
It sounds like you are in a difficult situation mentally. This can happen to anyone and sometimes ends in the fly fisher losing interest. I know you do Bluegill and Steelhead so you still have that to fall back on.
The first and most important aspect with any game fish is to fish where there are numbers of fish. With Trout that can be a problem in your area. You might consider making a trip to Michigan or Pennsylvania and trying for Trout there. It also helps with familiarity of the water. If you know of a stream with lots of trout then make several trips so you learn all of the water. Trout lay in specific spots in a stream or river. Learning to read the water is very important in catching Trout. To me reading the water may be the single most important aspect of catching Trout.
Catching Trout with Nymphs is one of the very best methods so I don't think that is your problem. The local fly shop in the area you are fishing will be a big help with what flies to use. Make sure you buy some from him and you will get all kinds of information.
With Streamers I think you need to simplify. Get some Buggers in Black, Purple and Brown. A little crystal flash in the Bugger is usually a plus. Stick with the Bugger and don't start trying a bunch of different flies if you are not catching anything. You can fish a streamer on a swing, a dead drift or a stripping retrieve. I use a stripping retrieve in combination with a dead drift a lot. You should be using polarized glasses and should be able to see fish at times. If you can see the fish then adjust your retrieve so the streamer is on the fishes nose. If you can't see fish then fish the streamer so it is presented to a particular place in the water. For instance, always swim your fly as close to a undercut bank as possible. Or seams or slack water or where ever you think there are fish lying.
When you fish the same water a lot you learn spots that always hold fish. That is why fishing the same water is a big help. When you catch a fish remember where it was lying, the time of year and the time of day. This is where a log is very handy. Even if someone kills that fish another fish will fill the spot. This is especially true with big fish.
I am not sure how much this helps but it may give you some things to think about and ask questions.