When Trout Aim to Kill

Some takes are soft. Others are vicious.

Surprisingly, bit hits happen not just with streamers, but with nymphs, too, if you fish them “on the rise.” It’s a hugely productive technique; during a recent 32-fish day, two-thirds of the strikes came on the rise.

At the end of a drift, the rig straightens out and the nymphs move towards the surface. This is a good technique; hours before a hatch, there is a ton of activity happening under the surface. Nymphs are caught in the drift, and some are swimming actively (see video up top). As a hatch begins, all this movement heightens.

Being mindful of this is particularly good around structure. The next time you see a big boulder, an underwater rock, or a log jam, lift a nymph just before the structure. A trout is often right in front of the structure and may find a moving bug irresistible.

Moreover, consider doing two rises. At the end of a drift, let the nymphs rise, and then release a few inches of line, which will push the nymphs down again, only to rise a second time.

Be prepared for a vicious strike. When a trout hones in on a moving bug, it will aim to kill. There’s no doubt about the take.


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