Try new techniques…

Outfitter Brian Sienkowski and Natalie Pregibon with a killer Valley Brown! Photo: Juliette Poussot

River Parkour, a new technique we've been using lately, is highly effective for landing large brown trout...

Inconsistency has been the word on the river lately; some might even call it tough fishing.  That being said, some very nice fish have been caught lately.  One tip is to be ready right out of the gate.  We’ve had several clients catch (or loose) the biggest fish of the day within site of the boat ramp.  For those who really want a big fish in the net, be ready to execute a proper drift and strike at all times… Don’t get discouraged if you work a couple banks with no action, there’s a good chance on that third bank your fly is going to get sucked in and when it does, you’ll want to be on top of your game.  In general mornings have fished best, with an afternoon lull around 2:00-4:00.  During the hot afternoons try concentrating in the faster water where fish can get more oxygen.  Hoppers or streamers are good bets in these places.  On the weekends there has been a lot of pressure out there, so you may want to try change up your program and try some new techniques.  This might involve something drastic like picking up a tenkara rod and twitching out some riffle corners with soft hackles, or something as simple as adding two or three feet to your normal dropper length.  Try putting split shot in front of a natural hopper and nymph it, try a crayfish or damsel nymph dropper, or perhaps try fishing the “non” prime banks or the middle or the river…

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