Fishing Information

Fly Fishing Small Streams


Picture this; you've spent some time hiking into a small stream in the back country. It's early morning, mist is rising and the midges that have been swarming around you are breakfast for the small browns you have come to catch. You quietly walk up to the stream, watching the swirls of rising fish. You tie a nymph onto your leader and step into the water.

A trout skids away from under your feet, its flight sending out warning signals as bright as any neon light. The feeding fish flee in response and you are left with a section of river devoid of all but the midges. Welcome to fly fishing the small stream.

Stop and look before fly fishing the small stream

Before you get into the water stop and look at what is in front of you. This is especially true when approaching the small stream. Trout are well camouflaged, especially when you are looking down into the water. (A good pair of Polaroid glasses helps here.)

I like to make my first cast well back from the waters edge. If there is little cover then I tend to use a long leader and lay the line on the riverbank, allowing only the leader to enter the water, as close to the near bank as possible. That way, if there are any fish lying close under the bank, I will have given them first look at my fly.

Reading the water of the small stream

The waters of the small stream are like those of any river, just on a smaller scale. The fish will be in the same types of water that they would be in if you were fishing any trout stream. When you are fly fishing the small stream, look for those areas that provide the fish with their need for protection from predators, relief from fast flowing currents, and access to food.

Fishing the pocket water

I like to use dry flies when fly fishing pocket water in a small stream. The fish will usually be holding out of the main current but close enough to grab any food that comes floating by, and a drifting fly is often too tempting to resist.

Often it is not necessary to match the fly closely to whatever is hatching. Instead I like to fish a fly that is visible enough for me to see in fast moving water. Something like a light elk hair caddis works well. When the strike comes I can see it and I catch more fish this way than missing the strike by using a less visible, hatch matching fly.

Fly fishing the small stream usually requires a more sensitive approach and a finesse that is not necessary in larger rivers. Experience and practice are the great tellers here. Ability to read the water is more critical as the fish are often more easily spooked than their big water cousins. But when you make your way home at the end of a successful fishing day in the back country you know that the time spent learning to fly fish the small stream has been worthwhile.

About the Author
Dale East is a long time outdoorsman and fly fisher and publisher of Fly Fishing Wyoming


MORE RESOURCES:
AI and public data identifies fishing behavior to protect hungry seabirds  Mongabay.com

In a classic poem, an ancient mariner finds himself haunted by the albatross he killed. Two hundred years after Samuel Coleridge penned that poem, ...


Public input sought on proposed fishing, hunting rule changes  Houston Chronicle

A package of proposed changes in Texas' 2019-20 fishing and hunting regulations, including potential new rules that stand to affect wide segments of the state's ...


Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament and fundraiser underway in Oshkosh  Fox11online.com

LAKE WINNEBAGO (WLUK) -- It will be a busy weekend on Lake Winnebago. Thousands of fishermen and sturgeon spearers are sharing the ice. They're ...


Lower Columbia spring fishing ends March 1 | South County News  Chinook Observer

COLUMBIA RIVER — Just half the average number of upriver spring Chinook salmon are forecast to enter the Columbia River this year, a decline in abundance ...


Dozens of bills could affect hunting, fishing, trapping  Glens Falls Post-Star

The New York State Assembly's Environmental Conservation Committee has more than 240 bills before it in the 2019 session, and dozens of those would affect ...


How does the rainy weather affect wildlife and fishing?  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

From landslides to floods, we've seen the dramatic impact prolonged wet weather can have on the region. But how does it affect wildlife?


Friday fishing report  AL.com

Top fishing locations from across the state for this weekend.


On the Fly: Fishing journeys  Aspen Times

I have always seen my life in terms of landscape and journey. My earliest memories are of water, sky, mountains and streams. I have been inspired by the ...


Noah Syndegaard goes on epic fishing trip  MLB.com

The Official Site of Major League Baseball.


Macon native Josh Weaver hits Fishing League Worldwide tour  13WMAZ.com

The Fishing League Worldwide is in the middle of its season, and one guy who grew up in Macon is trying to scale the competition and make a name for himself.


North Iowa fishing report for Feb. 22  Mason City Globe Gazette

Beeds Lake: Due to the excessive snowfall, the Beeds Lake campground road will be closed until snow melt.


Fishing report: The cobia run is underway  Florida Today

Snapper, snook and redfish action has been excellent.


High winds mean 'there should be nobody on Saginaw Bay' ice fishing this weekend  MLive.com

With west winds gusting over 50 mph, there should be nobody on Saginaw Bay this weekend," MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa said Friday, Feb. 22.


ACC's Community Education March courses include fly fishing, Excel, more | News, Sports, Jobs  Alpena News

Alpena Community College Community Education presents two upcoming courses, Beginning Excel, and Introductory and Intermediate Concepts of Fly Fishing, ...


2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival features trout-to...  River Falls Journal

World-wide fly-fishing adventures from Alaska's barren Kuskokwim River drainage to lush South American jungles will be premiered at the 2019 annual ...


Fishing derby offers chance to catch prize trout  Bakersfield Now

The Bakersfield City Firefighters Relief Association is holding its 8th Annual Trout Fishing Derby & Pancake Breakfast on March 9. The event pairs up local ...


Free program on urban fishing hot spots | Local News  St. Louis American

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free public program on St. Louis lake fishing hotspots at Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 ...


VIDEO: Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Bill Amended  Big Island Video News

HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi - Senate Bill 931 keeps a prohibition on the commercial capture of aquatic life for aquariums while the state conducts a thorough ...


Special needs fishing event Saturday at Miller Park  Temple Daily Telegram

Area children with special needs will be practicing their fishing skills Saturday during a C.A.S.T. (Catch A Special Thrill) for Kids event at Miller Park.


Outdoors: Local club an asset for fishing, fishermen  Daily Record

Fishing clubs come and go, but one of the finest clubs in the state is doing great. Next month is the 73rd annual season for the Knee Deep Club of Lake ...


Snow slowing down ice fishing business  WJFW-TV

RHINELANDER - Minnows swimming in containers are about the only activity at The Fishing Hole Bait and Tackle Shop recently. Since Wednesday, owner Gary ...


Wisconsin Fishing Expo takes over the Alliant Energy Center  WKOW

MADISON (WKOW) — You don't have to daydream about summertime fishing any longer. The largest fishing expo in the midwest is happening in Madison.


What's in Indonesia's New Natuna Fishing Zone in the South China Sea?  The Diplomat

Earlier this week, a top Indonesian official made headlines when he said that Indonesia planned to establish a fishing zone in waters north of the Natuna Islands ...


Meandering Angler: Wading in Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show  Sonoma Index-Tribune

The Meandering Angler goes wading into the world of fly fishing at Alameda County Fairgrounds.


SNAPSHOT: Fishing for ice at the Esopus Library  The Daily Freeman

Grade school-aged children participated in "fishing for ice" after school at the Town of Esopus Library in Port Ewen Friday afternoon, Feb.22, 2019. Led by Youth ...


Ice jam, flooding close Rosebud Isle fishing access site  KTVQ Billings News

BILLINGS – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced it has closed the Rosebud Isle fishing access site near Fishtail Friday after an ice jam and flooding ...


Marooned in Manitoba: Canadians reach out to revive North Dakota men's fishing trip  INFORUM

DICKINSON, N.D. — What started as a dream fishing expedition to the icy waters of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, quickly turned into a nightmare for one Dickinson ...


HOL Ice Fishing contest has been canceled  Perham Focus

According to a post on the Perham Yellowjackets Fishing's Facebook Page, the first ever Heart O'Lakes Ice Fishing contest set to take place on Feb. 24 on Big ...


FISHING WARNING: France promises ‘LAW OF JUNGLE’ and says UK fishermen face BREXIT BAN  Express.co.uk

PARIS will “support” its fishermen in the event of a hard Brexit, foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said as he issued a warning to Britain.


Clearwater changes lobster fishing practices, asks for early MSC audit  SeafoodSource

Clearwater Seafoods has changed its controversial lobster fishing practices, which resulted in a fine from the Canadian government.


Ice fishing for Algoma bluegills  SooToday

In the latest Outdoors in Algoma, bluegills are something to be experienced when ice fishing in Algoma.


Hilton Head charter captain finds unlikely fishing buddies — a dolphin mom and baby  Greenville News

While splashing in the shallow waters off Hilton Head Island may be common behavior for dolphins, it's not something the average person sees everyday .


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 21  The Spokesman-Review

The Spokane River is probably the only river in the immediate area where you'll have a chance of catching a trout, and it is definitely a nymph game right now.


From fishing village to gastronomic heaven: tables turn for Wolfgat  Reuters

In a small fishing village on South Africa's rugged west coast, restaurateur Kobus van der Merwe is struggling to process his meteoric rise to gastronomic ...


Cancer, company create crowd at ice fishing event  Alexandria Echo Press

Jon Velde jumped at the chance to participate in an ice fishing event organized by Alexandria Industries employees a dozen years ago. He had two big reasons ...


Governor proposes redirecting money from fishing communities to state  Juneau Empire

The governor is proposing taking fishing tax money from municipalities and directing it to the state to help balance his budget. Senate Bill 63, backed by Gov.


Local News Get your fishing poles, free fishing in New York Anthony Reyes 12:34 PM  WKBW-TV

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced as part of its "Free Fishing Days" fishing in New York State will be free this ...


Sebago ice-fishing derby could reduce trout overpopulation  Press Herald

A new regulation for lake trout will allow competitors in the Sebago Lake Rotary Ice Fishing Derby to enter larger fish, and, in turn, potentially help the lake's ...


Spring chinook fishing zone on lower Columbia River to be cut in half, changes take effect March 1  OregonLive

Oregon and Washington are restricting spring chinook fishing seasons on the lower Columbia River, but Oregon will leave fishing open seven days per week on ...


Vermont Trout Unlimited launches Fly Fishing Summer Camp for teens  Bennington Banner

MONTPELIER — Vermont Trout Unlimited announces year nine of their fly fishing camp for Vermont teens ages 13 to 16. Teens interested in either learning the ...


European Nymphing: The Hot Fly Fishing Technique Explained  GearJunkie

European nymphing is catching on and catching fish. Here's how and why you should try the trending technique of euro nymphing.


Coast Guard honors fishing crew for rescuing three men in rough Lake Erie waters  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

GRAND RIVER, Ohio -- Wednesday, the Coast Guard honored a fishing crew that saved the lives of three people over the summer. The waves were pretty rough ...


The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea  BBC News

For 10 years, a rogue fishing vessel and its crew plundered the world's oceans, escaping repeated attempts of capture. Then a dramatic pursuit finally netted the ...


Fargo pond to host Youth Ice Fishing Derby  INFORUM

FARGO — Bring your ice fishing rod and try your luck at the Youth Ice Fishing Derby. The derby begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Woodhaven South ...


Red Dead Online gets competitive fishing, new Showdown Modes, and more next week  Eurogamer.net

Red Dead Online's rendition of the Wild West is poised to get a little bit wilder next week, when Rockstar expands its cowboy beta with new weapons, new Sho…


Indigenous communities fight for traditional fishing practices to be recognised  SBS News

Those living in coastal regions are fighting fisheries management regulations they say don't go far enough.


DNR looks at three options to keep walleye fishing open on Mille Lacs this summer  Minneapolis Star Tribune

ISLE, MINN. – Three Mille Lacs walleye angling options for the open-water season beginning in May were presented to a stakeholders group here Tuesday ...


TuesdoLinks: Fishing for Fresh Trout  Halos Heaven

The media welcomed the chance to chat with Mike Trout on Day 1, hammering him with all things financial. Mike was his usual, nice guy, self.


Fishing challenges when it pours  AL.com

Good rain gear can keep anglers dry even in a downpour, but heavy inflows and muddy water require a change in locations and tactics to find bass.


New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard Not Fishing For Extension  Call to the Pen

On Tuesday, three pitchers from the New York Mets took to the Florida waters for a fishing trip. This wasn't a typical, run of the mill fishing trip. The Mets' pitchers ...


Northern Michigan in Focus: Beaver Island Fishing Tournament  9&10 News

The folks on Beaver Island always manage to find a way to have a good time, and this last weekend was no different. Corey Adkins explains in this week's ...


DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 11-17  news.delaware.gov

DNREC's Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Feb. 11-17 made 1668 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters, and the general public.


Google is building a solar power project above fishing ponds in Taiwan, its first in Asia  CNBC

Google is the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world, and now the technology giant is building its first solar power project in Asia, directly ...


Cortez Fishing Festival: A party with a purpose  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Cortez's famed fishing festival is more than a “seafood fest.” It's a fundraiser, a concert and a celebration of everything that makes one of the last remaining ...


The tides might be changing, but it’s time for celebration at Cortez Fishing Festival  Bradenton Herald

In the historic fishing village of Cortez, fishermen face a number of issues, including red tide, development and water quality. This year's fishing festival is aimed ...


Sea-Doo unveils watercraft built for fishing at 2019 Detroit Boat Show  Detroit Free Press

Just last summer, Nick Carnacchi turned PVC pipes into a makeshift fishing rod rack and attached the contraption to his Sea-Doo, so his personal watercraft ...


Time to End Commercial-Fishing Bias in Fishery Management Councils  Sport Fishing

Let's be consistent: Economics dictating the makeup of council membership should apply to all councils, not just to some.


Fish population survey data available for North Dakota anglers  INFORUM

It's human nature to look for available information and tips when it comes to finding spots to fish and learning what might or might not work to catch them.


North Carolinian boats are now fishing off New Jersey's coast  Princeton University

By studying where people are fishing, Talia Young and colleagues found that some fishing boats travel more than 250 miles to catch the fish that used to be in ...


Inside an ice fishing expedition at one of the best Idaho lakes to try your luck  KTVB.com

Bob and Robin Shindelar of Meridian have a number of "secret spots" where they swear the perch are quick to bite.


Fishing boat sinks, crew in liferaft saved near Hopetoun, south of Perth  PerthNow

Two men have been rescued from a liferaft that was drifting in the ocean after their fishing boat sank in the early hours of Saturday morning in WA's south.


Brexit uncertainty hits UK fishing industry  Euronews English

British fishing industry has by in large supported Brexit, but they are now raising concerns about the future.


20 Great Fishing Boats at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show  Sport Fishing

While a gallery of all the capable outboard fishing boats at the monster 2019 Miami International Boat Show would be a bit overwhelming, check out this ...


Free fishing this weekend across Michigan  WXMI FOX 17 West Michigan

If you are sick of being cooped up inside this winter, you can go fishing for free this weekend at all state parks. It's a free fishing weekend in Michigan, which ...


Reeling in the bucks: As St. Augustines reputation as a fishing destination grows, so does business  St. Augustine Record

Fishing may be giving St. Augustine's reputation as a destination for historic tourism a run for its money.Those in the industry speculate there may be a couple of ...


No more dumping fish guts in the ocean  NBC2 News

Florida is preparing a new statewide ban on the practice by fishermen along the state's iconic beaches of dumping bloody fish guts into the ocean to lure sharks ...


Falklands ship explosion: Fireball erupts - 5 missing after fishing in British waters  Express.co.uk

The fire on the doomed Taiwanese fishing boat is believed to have been caused by an explosion in the machine room whilst sailing in the South Atlantic on ...


For the love of fishing | News, Sports, Jobs  Minot Daily News

You name it. He's probably got it in his collection or is hoping to find one. Duane Biewer, Minot, has an extensive collection of fishing tackle that includes.


Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing contest results  Brainerd Dispatch

CROSBY—More than 500 people competed Feb 2 in the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Serpent Lake in Crosby. Northern pike winners ...


Fishing boat rescues 5 from life raft south of Aleutians  KTUU.com

The Coast Guard says the five from the Pacific 1 were picked up from an inflatable life raft about 40 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor by a second commercial ...


Minnesota man catches huge sturgeon while ice fishing  KFYR-TV

ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. - A Minnesota man pulls in a huge sturgeon while ice fishing. Darren Troseth says he caught a 6.5-foot, 120-pound sturgeon from the ...


Deadlines approaching to remove fish houses from Minnesota l...  West Central Tribune

Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the following categories below. County sheriffs ...


Houston company recalls fish products that weren’t inspected  Belleville News-Democrat

Officials say a Houston-based seafood company is recalling nearly 101000 pounds (45810 kilograms) of fish products, specifically wild caught catfish, because ...


Ice fishing and back again, sorta: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report  Chicago Sun-Times

Ice fishing remains the story, though it's as up and down as the weather in Chicago fishing, for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.


Kenai River early-run king salmon fishing will be limited to catch-and-release  Anchorage Daily News

The restrictions, which include a bag-and-possession limit of one hatchery king on the Kasilof River, are in effect from May 1 through June 30, the Alaska ...


Hunting and Fishing Show kicks off at Expo New Mexico  KRQE News 13

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hosting its annual Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend with some exciting new additions.


From 'jigging' to 'hole-hopping,' here are the ice fishing terms you need to know  KTVB.com

CASCADE, Idaho — Ice-fishing, a popular wintertime sport on Idaho's frozen lakes, can be a little tougher to get into than the typical summertime fishing trip.


CDFW: Learn the fine for a too-tiny lobster  Redding Record Searchlight

California Department of Fish and Wildlife agents answer your questions.


Russia seizes South Korea fishing boat  UPI News

South Korea is in diplomatic discussions with Russia following the seizure of a South Korean fishing boat by Russian authorities.


Greenville County gets 1,757 more acres for hunting, fishing  Greenville News

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said Friday it has acquired 1757 acres of land in northern Greenville County for the public.


Indonesia to open fishing zone near disputed S. China Sea  ABS-CBN News

JAKARTA - Indonesia plans to open a fishing zone within its exclusive economic zone at the southern edge of the disputed South China Sea, most of which is ...


home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006