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Old 04-15-2007, 10:40 PM
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ok i live in Alabama were its very warm and at one of the state parks they stock thier stream with rainbow trout, once a year, for a tournament. this time of the year the water temp. is probably in the high 70's. thier will be many people fishing with bait and tackle (i plan to use my fly rod). so i was wondering if anyone knew any good tactices to catch these fish.
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:34 AM
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since they are just stocked try wooly buggers or muddlers or something bright and/or flashy. sometimes a good "plunk" of a beadhead nymph will draw their attention like the hatchery food. if the water is cold the bead head in their face will get them. the muddler stripped on top [size 10 or 12] works well, they just got to chase it. good luck
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Hi Fly,

Trout don't like water that warm. Look for cooler water. Even a few degrees cooler will make a difference. Fish shady areas. Find moving water that will have more oxygen. These trout will be use to eating pellets and tan to brown flies should work the best. I think they will also respond to a Colorado spinner fished weightless. If you catch one fish there will be others in the same area. So fish out that location thoroughly.
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Try a piece of dry dog food on a size 10 hook. Just kidding!

Like Franks said, the water temp will play havic on those trout. Trout need colder water. I would expect that they will move very quickly into the shaded areas of the stream when there are deep fast runs. Stay shaded, stay deep if the water is in the 70's. Also fish any cut banks hard. Depending on how long those fish are in the river before the malay begins, will depend on how well they get adapted to the food source of the river. I would stick to small woolybugger, lots of flash, and other attractor patterns. Any info you can find out before line when and where they are going to stock it will work to your benefit.
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:05 PM
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Find or tie a nymph pattern that most closely resembles purina trout chow pellets. A thick fuzzy hare's ear sans tail might do the trick.
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Stick with the cold zone tips...for a fly I wold go with a "bomber" tied in brown with yellow calf tail appendages front and back. This is the salmon Fly... made from deer hair. Cast it to holding areas and skitter it along the service...make a commotion. Another trick is to "dap" fish it on ashort line to stockers. That's casting a short line flick....and reflick it repeatedly....all around the holding area. Stockers often mistake this "shower" of chunks as a feeding frenzy of tossed pellets. Takes practice but fools alot of 'em.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:33 PM
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the tournament was not a sucess. the bank was packed with people and thier was no room to cast (you couldn't wade either). also the fish were very dumb you could have thrown a plain hook and catch something. but thank you for the tips anyway.
ps: thier was no fast water
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aw man that sucks, did you catch any at all?
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Sorry to hear that. Do you have access to go back to where it was held at and fish? If so, I'd back without all those people and see if you can pick up the straglers left behind.
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