Locating Trout

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Where to locate trout in rivers or streams where trout may be lying.

  • Beneath overhanging trees or shrubs.
  • Near submerged tree roots.
  • Near water plants and weed-beds.
  • In streamy runs of fast water between weed-beds.
  • In steady glides of water between rocks or boulders.
  • Inside bends on streams or riverbanks, where food is deposited by the current.
  • Where inflowing trickles, rivulets or streams of water drain or flow into the main body of water.
  • Where swirling and circling eddies of water draw and trap food from the main current.
  • Where a rapid flow of water meets calm or shallow water.
  • Alongside and behind boulders that break the current and give trout a sheltered spot from which to seize passing prey.
  • In shallow bankside run, sheltered from strong currents, where insects breed and fish fry cavort.
  • In deep, oxygen-rich pools of water below weirs or waterfalls, and the streamy runs of water near weirs or waterfalls.
  • In deep scoured bankside undercuts, where shallow fast water has eaten down into the bank and waterbed, slowing into a deep, lazy, sleeve-shaped run.
  • In deep pools of slow moving water.
  • In deep holes or hollows in the stream or river bed.
  • In deep stretches of smooth-flowing water – trout often lie close to the bank.
  • Where two flowing waters, rivers or streams meet and merge in a confusion of currents.
  • Beneath bridges, where trout feel secure; especially old stone bridges, whose small cracks and crevices are home to teeming insets that regularly “plop” into the water.
  • In rivers or stream with rising water levels (due to rain, or the incoming flood tide in tidal waters) trout feed with enthusiasm, as they also do when the water approaches its “normal” level, after drought or flood.
  • Close to the bank in rivers or streams in flood – trout move close to the bank to escape strong currents and feed on insects washed into the water.
  • Where large chunks of bankside have newly collapsed into the water – trout are attracted to the area by wriggling insects washed from the mud.
  • In pools and stretches of water hidden from view by trees, shrubs and dense undergrowth. These areas of water are seldom fished and often hide big trout.
  • Any place where you have caught a big trout before – a captured big trout’s vacant favorite spot is soon occupied by another large trout!

Tip:
Trout queue according to size for food in the best feeding spots. The biggest trout always takes top place. Find ace feeding spots and catch the biggest trout first, then the smaller ones.

Tip:
Big trout usually lie in deep water (“pools“), during the day, and move into shallow water at night to feed.