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Best Time for Stillwater Brown Trout Fly Fishing  by Alastair Agutter

Best Time for Stillwater Brown Trout Fly Fishing

Whilst we are all of God's creatures, when one is Fly Fishing at the waters edge and sets ones eyes upon a Brown Trout for the very first time in perfect condition, the angler is always humbled by such beauty and magnificence. From the colours of brown with black spots on their backs, to the underside and belly of bright yellow, mottled with orange and red spots, they certainly are a fine species to admire.


In Still Waters, Brown Trout can be often found and present, but during the course of a season traditionally, from April to October, such a species can be part of an anglers tales in view of their scarcity. Whilst Brown Trout are often caught on Fly from small streams and rivers. Still Water fishing is very different, and a great deal of this relates to water depths in reservoirs and the temperature of the water. For Brown Trout will very often lurk around in the depths of water, towards the bottom, and in still waters especially. It may not be until August and September, when the earth and water has warmed sufficiently enough, for the Brown Trout to really start moving around, and begin to feed in earnest prior to the coming winter.


Fly Fishing has always been recognized as the Gentlemen's pastime of angling, pitting ones skills in casting, to the actual making of the artificial flies to try and deceive the wily adversary of mostly fast flowing rivers and streams, to the small brook, where the Brown Trout will remain disguised by their colour. There has been times in the past for many when fly fishing, where you can  just take in the wild, and the atmosphere at the waters edge. And to not digest and appreciate such grandeur, will leave any angler the poorer for it, and where one can become type cast, as a fishmonger rather than a student of the angle.


In Autumn months when fishing at still waters, that is the time if any you may catch Brown Trout, but very rarely is it easy. Most Brown Trout will be found in deep spots, very often 10 to 20 yards out from the dam, as they are normally holding up in deep water. To catch these characters, you definitely need a sinking fly line, and the best flies I have found, are pheasant tail nymphs, gold head nymphs replicating a pheasant tail, and also a claret buzzer, with a white head on a long shank hook of around size 10, and not curved.


You need to have a leader of between 12 to 18 feet in length, and preferably a brown sink line. Cast out about 10 to 20 yards, letting the line sink. Just bring the line in a tad, so the mono leader in the water is going down straight. Then wait for a while, until you know the nymph is on the bottom. Then very slowly make a figure of eight retrieve, but very slowly, you need to be alert, as Brown Trout in most cases will not grab the fly like a rainbow, they will just nip. And so the bites can be very faint, or even a slight pull, or just seeing the fly line straighten tight slightly for a second.


Brown Trout start to come on the feed from afternoon onwards when the water has warmed up from the days sun. Repeat this casting process covering the water, starting at 10 o'clock to the left, and working your way around to the right, so the last cast is about 2 o'clock. Continue to repeat the process. Eventually, if there are any Brown Trout in the still water, you will get takes. Be prepared and make sure you are using a stronger leader of around 6 lbs, as most Brown Trout are over wintered fish in these still waters, living in the lakes or reservoirs for many years, becoming wild.




Related: The Complete Angler and Master Rod Maker Book


Written by Alastair R Agutter
Last Modified and Updated: 11th February 2018
Alastair Agutter Author and Writer



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