Watching and Learning More About Trout
We returned home in late September 2020 from a fishing trip that spanned three and a half months. Due to Covid-19, our autumn ritual of Saturday afternoon Grizzly football home games, would not occur this year. Fly fishing and “fish creeping” filled the void.
The weather in early October in the mountains of Montana was epic. Early in the month, we returned to some of our favorite nearby fly fishing waters to fish without donning cold-weather technical gear. Then, as the weather went from summer to winter in a week, I set the fly rod aside to watch.
Setting the Fly Rod Aside
A couple of autumns ago, Tim mentioned seeing a big rise in a slow-water side channel along our favorite creek. A small curiosity has turned to near obsession after being still and watching a huge brown trout swim one afternoon.
Anglers by nature, watch. We watch the weather and hope for clouds. We watch for rising fish. We watch for clues about insect hatches. We watch our backcast.
As we evolve, we watch to see a trout’s mouth open and close on a nymph as it drifts downstream. We focus more closely on the bugs that make up our quarry’s diet.
As the late October sunlight casts a deceiving warm glow on the hills, I head to the river without my fly rod. Muck boots replace my waders, a camo jacket replaces my fishing vest, and a backpack carries cameras.