Yamaha Outdoors Tips — Fly-fishing for Backcountry Trout by ATV
By Steve Hickoff
Boldly go where no man has gone before, as they used to say in the old Star Trek episodes. Here are some ways to make that backcountry fly-fishing trip enjoyable:
• Trout prefer cool temperatures, with a range of 50º to 65ºF. Avoid waters that heat up in the late morning and afternoon sun. You may find warm-water species such as bass there, but trout will be elsewhere.
• Think like the predator you are. Approach backcountry trout slowly, and surely, crouching and moving into position for your casts. Wear camouflage to add to your concealment.
• Only keep what you’ll eat. Release what you won’t. It’s a no-brainer, but don’t let ego get in the way of preserving the resource.
• If you want to let all those trout you catch go, consider pinching the barbs of your hooks down to expedite release. Don’t fight the fish longer than you have to, and ease it back into the water.
• Drive deeper into territory that may be fished less, but always pack a supply of food, water, and other survival supplies including maps, a GPS, waterproof matches, and so on. As fabled UCLA hoops coach John Wooden used to say, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”
• Trout foods range from immature forms of underwater bugs to adult insects. They also eat scuds, worms, leeches and so on. Fill your fly box with a range of nymphs, stoneflies, caddisflies, dry and wet fly options, plus streamers, and even terrestrials (floating ants, inchworms, beetles, etc.), especially during the warmer months.
• Looking for an inexpensive vacation with your significant other? A backcountry fly-fishing trip is just a weekend away.