Dealing with Conditions

I’ll be honest, Mother Nature has not exactly been kind to me on my last few fishing outings.  In fact, last time I had the day to go fish, it rained hard all night and by the morning of, all the rivers were completely blown out.  I even drove to 4 different locations, just to see if anything was low enough to fish.  This week, conditions were a little better, but still far from ideal.  Recent rains again had the rivers high and murky. And it was a nice 27 degrees when I arrived.  Not to mention the river itself looked a little different as some areas had been silted in from high waters.  I started out throwing streamers and located a few fish scattered in the middle of the river.  As I worked my way into deeper water, I caught the best brookie of the day on the streamer:

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Once I had fished the streamer through the area, I switched over to nymphing with a larger black stone fly and a worm pattern.  After about 30 minutes of fishing this rig, it seemed apparent that the fish only really wanted the worm pattern.  After changing the worm up a few times, it also seemed that the fish mostly wanted a red one.  So, for the rest of the day, that is what I used.  I had to adjust the amount of split shot on occasion, and the depth of the indicator.  In a few places, I went without the indicator and just did some high sticking.  Keeping the worm near the bottom on a good drift produced a good many fish, and I was able to complete the slam with a brook, rainbow and brown trout all of decent size.  The higher murky water was surely dictating how I had to fish, and what the fish were responding to, but as long as you experiment and adapt to conditions you can have a productive day.

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