Tips and Tricks for Trout Parks>>
Trout parks offer a reasonable and reliable opportunity to catch trout on days off and open weekends without the cost and commitment of week long trips.
Trout parks offer some of the most common fly fishing opportunities. These streams are chucked full of stocker type fish and large scattered breeder trout. And for many people these parks are the only choice for a quick weekend trip to a trout stream. But this trout water fishes very differently from the large tail-waters, or wild rivers that most people enjoy to fish around the country. However to fishing these streams it is not as easy as many people may believe.
The first step at trout parks, as it is in any fishing, is locating the fish, and in trout fishing it is important to locate fish that are feeding. At trout parks fish love to congregate in deep holes forming massive schools, however many of the fish in these swells are not feeding fish, and are in fact just loafing in the cooler water. The best places for fishing trout parks are like many of your usual fishing spots on any stream, the base of current as well as the tail end of current are both great bets to hook up, fishing the shade with dries or streamer patterns are a solid choice.
Locating fish and fishing for them mostly depends on how you want to fish, at trout parks there are almost constantly opportunities to fish your method of choice.
Fly patterns are what truly show the difference between large rivers and small trout parks. On big water successful flies may differ dramatically from day to day, depending on weather, water flow, and what time of year it is. But at trout parks this occurs rarely, scuds, zebra midges, brassies, and san-juan worms are all solid bets for fishing under an indicator and when fished in the right spot have brought me many 50 plus fish days. Bead head wooly buggers in size 10 in olive, black, and brown can be great choices too when it comes to streamer fishing, small sculpin patterns are also a good idea. Dry fly fishing is one of the trickiest types of any fishing. And trout parks are no exception to this.A wide variety of patterns may work at trout parks including hopper patterns, caddis patterns, and all around imitation patterns such as renegades, crackle backs, and Griffith’s Gnats in sizes 22-14.
The key to fishing trout park dries is to change often. Fish will usually hit for about 30 to 45 minutes on one pattern before wising up and turning off. This is when you either switch flies or switch to a different size. The slightest of changes can reignite their appetite in any situation making variety one of the biggest keys to fly selection for trout parks.
Fishing trout parks can be very rewarding when you don’t have many other choices for a nice weekend trip and they are certainly key to the maintenance of our sport. They offer fishing opportunities to beginning fly fisherman as well as experienced anglers in an easy to access and safe environment. And always remember to be courteous and kind when on the water, especially at trout parks were the people are as thick as the fish.