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    Default Rainbow and tailwater

    Hey guys
    I "discovered " one tailwater full with rainbows,not in my country but in near by Bosnia .Rivers name is Trebisnica (Trebišnjica) and it is not to far from my home town,about 35 miles and I think that I will pay visit to this big river more often .I will post some photos below and I need some advices from you guys because I want to know your little tricks ,of course if you want to share them with me,what to do on river this big and specially how rainbows behave when water is rising or dropping down.
    I mean,tailwaters are not strange to me,I have couple in my country ,but rainbows are not behaving like I am used to with browns in my tailwaters
    Rainbows also are not that strange to me,I caught lot of runaways from fisheries but this here are wild and they behave differently....
    By the way,rainbows got here hundred years ago by Austrians and they remained .They spawn and they grow quite big.That is rare case for my part of europe....
    here are some photos,below the huge dam .....
















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    Wow,

    With no one fishing I would not post too much on the internet about this place. I am not tail water specialist but.......... generally speaking unless rainbow are feeding on the surface look to those riffles and swifter currents for them. I catch them on streamers here and they will act the same there. You may need a longer rod, a 2 hand rod would be very good on water that size.

    Getting into the big rods would mean cost and some learning but when you have really big rivers that get deep quickly when you leave shore they excel. For the time being, pay close attention to the insects that are present when the trout can be seen on the surface and swing your streamer flies when they are not visible. Many tail waters have the blue wing olive all year round and some are quite small so this may be a place for 2 rods, one light for dry flies and one heavy for the big wet fly.

    Real nice place!

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    I only have real experience with one Rainbow tailwater fishery and that is Lee's Ferry here in AZ.

    For the most part the fish eat very small stuff. midges (18-24) and small scuds but in the summer big fat terrestrials (Mostly cicadas here because the trees lining the water fill up with them) work also.

    When the flows go up the feed will be on fire for a few days because the increased flow knocks the small bugs loose and the fish turn piggy.

    I'm not sure about the flows in that river, but at Lee's Ferry the fish get very strong fighting the current.

    Look at the shoulders on this little football shaped 12 incher


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    Default Re: Rainbow and tailwater

    Another nice place to fish MladenI'm sure you will soon find how to fish there.The only piece of advice I can give you is that rainbows are more often active than browns...try to fish on dry and nymph even if there's no hatch.Did you locate some bows in the part we see on the 3rd pic?

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    Default Re: Rainbow and tailwater

    I don't have too much experience on big rivers, but I do have a little. Rainbows seem to like the edge of faster water than browns do.

    Most people when they are fishing here in Idaho on the South Fork of the Snake (a tailwater about that size) target the edges of the shore for the rainbows and the cutthroats.

    Browns seem to like the bottoms of deeper pools and the rainbows are usually higher up at the head or tailout of the pool, and are more actively feeding in the daytime.

    Beautiful looking river. Good luck and have fun.

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    Well,thanks guys

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Wow,

    With no one fishing I would not post too much on the internet about this place. I am not tail water specialist but.......... generally speaking unless rainbow are feeding on the surface look to those riffles and swifter currents for them. I catch them on streamers here and they will act the same there. You may need a longer rod, a 2 hand rod would be very good on water that size.

    Getting into the big rods would mean cost and some learning but when you have really big rivers that get deep quickly when you leave shore they excel. For the time being, pay close attention to the insects that are present when the trout can be seen on the surface and swing your streamer flies when they are not visible. Many tail waters have the blue wing olive all year round and some are quite small so this may be a place for 2 rods, one light for dry flies and one heavy for the big wet fly.

    Real nice place!
    Ardy,I fished here few times in last month or so....But I used spining rod.River is definitely too big for my flyfishing gear and my casting abilities but I notice many rainbows rising ,some of them very close to me.You are right about small olives.They are on water all day long and fish is collecting them,specially in the middle of the day.And there are lot of midges...My whining about this water is more about that this is tailwater and some days water is rising,some days it is constant and some days it is falling down.Seems to me that affect fish behavior much...
    When rainbows rise for dry flies they dont rise in same spot like brown do.Rainbows are moving upstream and after while they are gone and then they again on same rut.And they are in packs .All of this is strange for me..Browns doesnt do that.Browns are generally alone.....
    I like you suggestion about big rod but that is for now out of my thoughts

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbug View Post

    look at the shoulders on this little football shaped 12 incher
    They are very fat here as well,here are some of them








    And here are some browns I caught in this river,they are fat too




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    Beautiful Fish,

    I would keep going after them with the spinning gear and maybe try streamers with a few large lead shot on the line to take them down. Using the streamers would show whether the fish like the wet fly. For now it sounds like spin gear will do the trick, you can use single hook lure to do less damage.

    Looking at the size of the brown trout you show I wish I were there with my long rod right now With that many fish and no fishermen we could share the rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Beautiful Fish,

    I would keep going after them with the spinning gear and maybe try streamers with a few large lead shot on the line to take them down. Using the streamers would show whether the fish like the wet fly. For now it sounds like spin gear will do the trick, you can use single hook lure to do less damage.

    Looking at the size of the brown trout you show I wish I were there with my long rod right now With that many fish and no fishermen we could share the rod.
    Thanks mate
    I cant wait spring time and proper fly fishing,and I mean dry fly fishing That might be like lot of guys on this forum are using super small midges,but what one can do...I must adapt
    Sure in meanwhile I will try streamers

    Here are a lot of fishermen,locals and they are good.But they use spining gear and bait fishing and most of them fish on this deep part...No single one flyfishermen







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    Quote Originally Posted by jpbfly View Post
    Another nice place to fish MladenI'm sure you will soon find how to fish there.The only piece of advice I can give you is that rainbows are more often active than browns...try to fish on dry and nymph even if there's no hatch.Did you locate some bows in the part we see on the 3rd pic?
    I will find the way or I will not be madjoni any more,but I will probably wait for spring and big hatches ...
    You are right.Only rainbows are active on surface,browns are lazy.....And yes,I saw many of them,everywhere..........

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    Default Re: Rainbow and tailwater

    Madjoni: That tailwater looks awesome, you are blessed with some fantastic water nearby. It is definitely worth putting in the time to figure out how to fish it properly. You have received lots of good advice from the others, you might want to take the time to sample the water column with a fine screen or aquarium net. I'd expect to see lots of midges, BWO's, scuds and annelid worms.

    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    I'd expect to see lots of midges, BWO's, scuds and annelid worms.

    Larry
    Hi Larry
    Yes,I found all of that you say..all....And fish was full with small BWO nymphs last time I was there.They are so full that they trough up some food when you land the fish and fish that have full belly only can give me headache .....

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