“Morning on the Gravel Bar” Clint Bova 6"x8" ~ oil color study on wood panel
After J. Smith
The time of day, especially during the Spring time, is critical when entering the trout stream. The insects are likely to come off the water at different intervals and the on off switch seems like it never stops. The fickle spring hours are upon us and the best strategy is to be tactical about stepping into the stream. Look carefully on the forecast especially wind, temperature, and precipitation. Wind has a tendency to put down fish more than people think. Flotsam in the form of tree pollen, last years leaf dross, and spring algae will actually kill a fishing session when its all over the surface and in the water column. Plan carefully, look carefully at the water before you go in and be tactical about your time. I left the water the other day just as the water was blown out and covered with tree pollen. The trout took cover and stopped feeding. Knowing when to leave is as important as knowing when to get in. It seems rudimentary but I suppose wisdom is using what you know.
~Clint Joseph Bova