Strategies for Fishing Low and Clear Water

November 06, 2022 Domenick Swentosky Season 5 Episode 6
Strategies for Fishing Low and Clear Water
Show Notes

In this episode, my Troutbitten friends and I talk about one of the toughest conditions we face — fishing in low, clear water. It’s something that can happen in any season and in any trout river. Many anglers shrink from the challenge. They walk away or never string up the fly rod, using the excuse that trout are simply too spooky or they just aren’t eating. But I promise you, that is not true. Trout are eating in these conditions. It just takes a calculated approach to bring them to hand.

The truth is, low and clear water is a difficult challenge But if you accept these river conditions as a chance to learn and improve, then the extreme, sensitive nature of trout in low and clear water will force you to refine your approach, your cast and your drift.

Everything about your presentation in low water must be thought through. Success requires caution, planning and a willingness to strike out. But that’s how you become a complete angler — by fishing when it’s tough. And by fishing hard.

We Cover the Following

  • Does low water affect the whole river?
  • Are all trout more sensitive in low water?
  • Do trout maintain the same rhythms?
  • Do we need smaller flies?
  • Do we need thinner tippets?
  • Tips for stealth
  • Nymph, Streamer and Dry fly tips


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