Fly Fishing for Trout
If you insist on fly-fishing you can hope for only moderate returns. The trout are ground-feeding and rise to the surface with the utmost reluctance. One method of fly-fishing under these conditions is to use a silver doctor or some other brilliantly colored fly and fish it well beneath the surface. The shining, silver body of this fly has a minnow-like glitter when drawn through the water that will sometimes induce a fish to strike. But, all things considered, it is far better to depend on your bait-box, or, if you are a fly-fishing purist, to stay at home. Most of us consider it a sacred duty to wet a line on the opening day or as soon thereafter as possible. This duty fulfilled, we are content to await the more favorable conditions which prevail in May and June.
When the stream has resumed its normal level and clarity and the water has been warmed by the spring sunshine, the fly-fishing is at its best. Insect life is now abundant on the banks and over the surface of the water. The fish are in the riffles and rapids, having deserted the deeper pools and reaches. Also, they are constantly foraging and their taste in the matter of insects, both natural and artificial, is much more catholic than later in the season. Other things being equal, the fly-fisherman is now in his glory and should have no difficulty in making a good score.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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