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TROUT TIPS FOR THE EARLY SEASON PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 11:59

Trout Tips from, Spring Creek Treasure, pgs. 54-55

12.  Water temperature dictates when trout will feed and it should dictate when the angler will fish.

13.  Water has its greatest density at 38 to 39 degrees and trout seldom hit when the water temperature is below 40 degrees.

Frequently taking the water temperature tells you if it's rising or falling one degree.  Thus I take the water temperature at least once every hour.  If the temperature is slowly rising up to 63 degrees you will want to keep fishing.  However, if the water temperature drops one degree the trout usually quit feeding.  As you read further in the book you will understand the importance of this information.

Having kept thirty-four years of water temperature data I have concluded there are three significant water temperatures at which trout seem to feed best.  And, without fail the trout stream temperature will frequently range between those three significant temperatures during March, in Southwestern Wisconsin.  I have identified the three significant feeding periods as the 40 degree rise, the 45 degree rise, and the 49 degree rise.  What was most difficult was identifying why the feeding usually picked up at 40, 45, and 49 degrees.  It took more research and the application of science to figure that out.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 07:39
 
August and September Trout Fishing PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Sunday, 31 July 2011 09:44

Trout Tips from, Spring Creek Treasure, pgs. 306 - 309

108.  At 67 degrees trout quit feeding, therefore, you should move upstream to cooler water or quit fishing.

129.  The grasshopper is an excellent free bait for August and September fishing.  The fly angler should try a weighted Joe's Hopper.   

134.  During the last two months of the season fish the upper third of the trout stream.

135.  Use a nymph fly tied by John Bethke, the Pink Squirrel, in spring creeks.

141.  After the first leaves turn in late August brown trout become territorial and they will smash your lure even when not hungry.

143.  In late August the time of day to fish can change from early to late morning.  And in September it can change to the middle of the day.  

 

 

 
Summer Trout Fishing PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Sunday, 08 May 2011 10:06

Trout Tips from, Spring Creek Treasure, pgs. 300-301

46.  The sun is highest in the sky from April 21 to Auguest 21, and that is when you should fish early morning or when the sky is overcast.

48.  When approaching a pool with cover, where a big trout might be located, wade quietly like a deer on the shallow side of the stream.

49.  Fish the shadow areas of the stream when the sun hits the water.

57.  When the water temperature rises above 63 degrees trout start to shut down; and at 67 degrees they are usually dormant and refuse to hit an artificial.

62.  As the cold front approaches, when clouds appear and the air temperature is stable or rising, you can have excellent fishing.  

      

   

 

 
Trout Tip #1 PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Friday, 14 January 2011 11:19

    A trout doesn't have an eyelid and can't dilate the pupil - it must seek shade. 

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY, page 101

 
TROUT TIPS FOR EARLY SEASON PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Friday, 14 January 2011 10:53

     Remember trout are cold blooded and they're the same temperature as the water they swim in.

     For spring trout fishing its best if the air temperature is above 40 degrees and rising.  Then the stream temperature will follow and the trout should hit.

     The immediate effect of water temperature going down in the spring is trout quit feeding.

     After the spring flood, when the stream returns to normal flow, the angler can find the best fishing for big trout. 

SPRING CREEK TREASURE, Wisconsin's 100 Best Trout Streams  Page 12

     For spring trout fishing it is best if the air temperature is above 40 degrees and rising....However, there is an exception.  When snow is on the ground, and the air temperature rises above forty-five degrees, the snow will increase melting to the point where cold water will be flowing into the stream, which causes the water temperature to go down.  The immediate effect of water temperature goind down in the spring is trout quit feeding.

                 

     

 
Trout Tip # 2 PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Monday, 02 August 2010 18:44

Don't assume that four-inch wide strip of open water between the weed growth and the bank is too small for a feeding lane. Pop your lure in there and be ready for anything.

                                                                                     John "Duke" Welter, Eau Claire, Wisconsin  

 
Trout Tip #1 PDF Print E-mail
Trout Tips
Written by Jay Ford Thurston   
Friday, 25 June 2010 07:24

A TROUT DOESN’T HAVE AN EYELID AND CAN’T DILATE THE PUPIL; IT MUST SEEK SHADE

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY and 59 Additional Trout Fishing Stories  (110 Trout Tips)

A Trout’s Eye View  
(Page 101)
All trout must avoid bright light. Our eyes can adjust to light; the eyes of a trout can’t adjust. Without getting too technical, I want to point out the difference between the human eye and the eye of trout. Then you will understand why it’s best to fish in low light conditions. Also, you will know why you should present your lure, and move about, in the blind spot of the trout.


SPRING CREEK TREASURE Wisconsin’s 100 Best Trout streams  (150 Trout Tips)

Greatest of all Fishing Secrets
(Page 115)
Over the years I have found that rainy day fishing works best on the most heavily fished waters where fish hold fast to cover and are hesitant to hit any offering. Fish seemed to have learned that the rain makes food easily available and also causes most anglers to quit fishing.     

Trout Don’t Wear Sunglasses
(Page 129)
The next time you put on sunglasses think about this. The pupil in both your eyes have already contracted to let in less light and you can close your eyelids part way to protect your eyes. A trout can’t do either of those two things. Therefore, the larger the fish the more it needs and seeks out low light conditions. A large trout is not a Hollywood star performing in the bright light. It’s a recluse hiding under cover. It hides under turbid water, under logs, under banks, and under the cover of clouds. It has to hide because to come out in the bright sun would be painful.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:06