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John Hudgens: Five Tips For Fishing To Selective Rising Trout

Posted by John Hudgens on Jul 10, 2017 9:57:00 AM

Five tips from Yellow Dog’s South America program director, John Hudgens:

For the past 20 years, I’ve been a guide on the Railroad Ranch section of the Henry’s Fork River, a tricky piece of water that requires all anglers who fish it to truly bring their “A-Game.” This is a fishery that almost always demands perfect presentations, long leaders, light tippets, and exact fly patterns. And while the Henry’s Fork is known for having some of most selective trout around, it is by no means the only place where tough, picky trout are found.


As a species, trout are spooky by nature, constantly aware of their surroundings and all potential threats, especially true when they are rising in clear, shallow waters. When you find a rising fish in these situations it takes– the right cast, the perfect drift, all made on the very first presentation to actually “feed” that fish. Getting them to “eat” is the real accomplishment, landing the fish actually becomes a bonus.  In order to increase your chance on rising, picky trout in difficult situations, here are five things to keep in mind. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks