A Trout Fisher's Strategy
In Only Eight Words


boy fishing from rock in river

February 2003

Prepare. Observe. Fish systematically. Be attuned to changes.

Some Tactics

Learn which bugs will be active, or are about to be.

Know how those bugs look and behave. Study basic bug morphology as a key to general behavior.

Have a method to figure out what the trout are eating. helpful gear

Using your best guess / advice:

If that doesn't work:

Have a strategy to figure out where the fish are.

Stay tuned in to the fish and bug behavior.

Recommended reading


The strategy detailed in this article was conceived for a fly fisher wading in running water. Some tactics might be different for fishing from a drift boat, or float-tubing a lake, or salt-water fishing, etc., but the four tenets should prove universal.