Thursday, January 5, 2012

Winter Secrets To Catching Spawning Tiger Trout And Pre-Spawn Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing In Utah

Winter Fly Fishing For Spawning Tiger Trout And Staging Rainbow Trout Secrets Of Fly Fishing Utah Style

Dry flies with a dropper can be deadly during the winter tiger trout spawn run especially when the waters are full of huge rainbow trout gaining weight for the own spawn in just a few weeks.
This is a beautiful example of a late winter spawning tiger trout.  Note the deep orange belly and red fins trimmed with a white stripe on the leading edge of each fin.  The male or buck also takes on the kipe jaw and almost jet black color on his lower jaw.  This buck trout was taken while dry fly fishing and using a midge dropper at Dove Creek West located at Hogan ranch in Tooele Utah near Salt Lake City on private waters that are available to the general public.  Midge hatches  occur year round especially on winter and spring days in the late morning or early afternoon.  The dry fly on top with a dropper creates the impression of a cluster of midges stuck in the meniscus just below the surface as the dry fly rides really low in the water.  The dropper is allowed to free float below the cluster and takes on the appearance of a struggling cluster of emergers.  This deadly combination is a great treat for hungry spawning tigers that are devouring every fly in sight to put on weight for the spawn as well as after the spawn to increase their spent energy.
Streamers Are A Favorite Pre Spawn Fly For Trout

The still waters are gin clear on this mid winter day and the sky is clear as reflected in this photo of a huge buck rainbow trout who attacked this streamer that was being worked slowly along the bottom of the deep pond he share with other massive trout especially tiger trout.  When fishing still Waters with a streamer remember unlike a stream or river still waters means just what the name implies.  Still and fish don't need to move fast for a good meal.  They are surrounded by tons of natural food year round so a fast retrieve may induce an occasional strike, it is the slow moving flies that appear as the norm in these still water conditions for the truly trophy trout.
Scuds, Sow Bugs & Leeches Too 
The year round daily fair for still water trout is scuds, sow bugs, leeches and don't forget the all important damsel fly.  A pair of scuds will produce over 10,000 young per year!  So the next time you want to get the main dish down to a trout remember the lowly scud.  Sow bugs and leeches are just as productive and provide a rounded out meal for our friends with fins.  The greatest predator in the still waters in the Damsel fly nymph.  They move all over the weed beds devouring all the other nymphs and scuds they can find.  They are big and ferocious and attack insects even bigger than they are.  Again this is a very slow moving aquatic insect that needs to be fished slow in and around the weed beds.  This is where the trophy rainbow and tiger trout hang out to find them  Photo taken at Tooele Utah near Salt Lake City Courtesy Trophy Trout School.

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Pre spawning hen rainbowow trout is only about 24" but big enough to put up an outstanding fight on my Damsel fly nymph with 5x tapered leader and extra long tippet to reach deep in the weeds for still water fly fishing.  Moving slow the olive green damsel fly appears to crossing the weed bed foraging for food just like this trout who was looking for her next meal.  Fishing near Park City means getting away from the frozen lakes and on the other side of the salt lake city valley to private waters at Dove Creek West home of the trophy trout school.  Where you find qualified guides, fly fishing instructors and huge tiger trout with monster rainbow trout.  Private waters here are open year round for your fly fishing adventures and day trips of fly fishing vacations

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Tight Lines.....

Enjoy The Mid Winter Fly Fishing Video Shot At Dove Creek West Hogan Ranch  Home Of Trophy Trout School.

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