Updated: Nov 15
Low water will be the biggest factor in trout fishing this December. Most rivers and creeks are gin clear and have the lowest flows of the year. This will make wild fish incredibly spooky and tougher to catch. On the upside, stockers will likely be fish in a barrel. Being easier to find will make fishing earlier in the month much easier and similar to how the month of November rounded off. Look for trout to be holding in deeper troughs as they will be highly exposed to predators in their typical, and more shallow, late fall holding water. Move slow and keep your disturbances down for wild fish and look for smaller flies to work best. Less casting and more looking will land you more fish this month.
Our latest video shows you just why this is so important. Small stoneflies and mayflies have been common around mid day. Dry flies and nymphs in the size 16-20 range have been the best imitations. For stockers, junk flies (eggs, worms, mops) have been producing huge numbers in the recently stocked DH stretches as well as the regularly stocked waters. Once the fish get educated on these flies, go to smaller size and profile nymphs with a much more finesse presentation to target these trout. The trophy trout migrating up to the public water sections have essentially stopped as the lack of rain and low water has put a halt to their movements. If we do see modest to heavy rains in the next few weeks, expect to see these giant trout push up. Hopefully there will still be some fish around by the New Year, but expect them to be well educated and in much more thin numbers as we approach the end of December.