Rain, Rain and More Rain...but Wait!
So far, this summer is shaping up to be very much like last summer: rain every three days or so. Good for keeping grass green but what about stream fishing? As reported on the First Day this year, the streams were so high that I didn't really bother getting too serious. But things changed the following day.
All this rain can actually help you catch trout if play it right. Experienced fishermen who spend time on small trout streams know that it does not take long for water levels to return to an almost normal condition after the rain has stopped. Fishermen who do not realize this may simply assume that because of a hard rain yesterday the streams will be high and muddy today resulting in bad fishing conditions. Not necessarily true.
In fact, if streams are just a little murky and a tad high, we can make a more calculated approach to a good hole without being detected by highly aware trout. We are fortunate that many of the smaller streams we fish in are exceptionally clear when water levels are low making a good approach to a three or four foot deep hole difficult. Cast a shadow in the water and in less than a second the fish scatter. We’ve all experienced that. And it’s even more difficult if you’re going after native trout in very small mountain streams like Tipton Run above the small town of Tipton, PA.
Cloud Water the Day After a Hard Rain
Recently, I waited about 20 hours after a sustained hard rain stopped here in Central PA and decided that the stream I had in mind might be right for giving me the best ‘cover.’ It paid off. I caught three trout in less than an hour on worms. And soon after, dinner was served!
One additional advantage of being stream side after a rain is that you just might have the stream all to yourself. Besides, this time of year stocking is about over. We’re coming into the season where those looking for fast and easy catches that were experienced very early in the season will probably be disappointed, especially if you use predominately live bait and small lures.
Knowing your streams and how they respond to rain can help you catch trout.