236: 6 Practices for Stalking Trout

Stalking trout is a basic concept of fly fishing, but yet it’s often not part of the curriculum of new fly fishers.

In this episode we identify six practices for stalking trout and tell a few stories when we found success for our efforts. Stalking trout is especially important on smaller freestone rivers and spring creeks. Many adventure fly fishers today use a spotter to spot big trout in the streams. And then they stalk the fish, creeping up to a place where they can cast without spooking the fish.


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2 Replies to “236: 6 Practices for Stalking Trout”

  1. Yes indeed. Very good advice. Stalking fish or sight fishing can be a blast. There are times when the situation calls for the stop drop observe and crawl method. The sneak attack. Especially on small streams or low water clear sky conditions. Stealth is a must. Just as important in these conditions is the delicate and accurate cast. No room for mistakes or the pool can scatter in all kinds of directions leaving you frustrated. Often we rely on the buddy system. One will play the roll of spotter while the other does the army crawl while getting directions from the spotter. Often this can be a rewarding experience for both fly fisherman. Success and a high five. Stalking a large fish can put all your skills to the test. Maintaining your composer can be very difficult and sometimes disastrous. Something like buck fever instead of blowing the shot you blow the cast 🙂

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