We fish for brown trout a lot a Chile West. Sometimes we’re fishing on foot, and we’ve got lots of time to read the water and decide where to make our next cast. Sometimes we’re fishing out of a raft, and in that case we’re covering lots of water and making lots of quick decisions about where to cast next.
If you’re covering water and trying to catch brown trout, here at 8 places we think you should fire a cast.
- All along the banks. Browns like to hang out along the banks because they provide cover, a current break, and good access to food in the main river. Any place where there’s sufficient depth and flow, you should try bangin’ the banks.
- Got wood? Downed trees in a river are brown trout houses. Cover them above, below and to the side.
- Around boulders. Your fearless editor saw, by far, the biggest trout of his life, a brown, much bigger than any rainbow he’s seen in Alaska, come out of a boulder garden in Chile. Fish around boulders.
- In deep buckets. Yep, if you’re fishing a streamer, you should let it sink real deep in the deep buckets. That’s how this fish got caught.
- Inside corners. This is one of the most overlooked lies in trout fishing. Inside bends provide a nice soft spot for trout to sit and wait for food to drift by.
- Beneath the foam. You’ve probably heard it elsewhere, but we agree that “the foam is home”.
- Along rock walls. Rock walls provide really nice seams, and we all know that trout like seams.
- Under overhanging branches. The great thing about overhanging branches is that they often make cover for trout right in the middle of current that’s choice for feeding. The problem with fishing overhanging branches is that it’s easy to snag up on them. We’ve caught a lot of great fish underneath branches, so you know what we say? Chuck it in there. Try a sidearm cast. You’ve got more flies. Let ‘er rip.