Fly fishing for stocked trout may not be the fishing getaway you have been dreaming of, but there is a good chance you can find these trout right in your backyard.
Fly Fishing for Stocked Trout
Some may scoff at the idea of Fly Fishing for stocked trout and some may revel in it. I do agree that nothing compares to catching a native trout on the fly, it’s a thing of beauty. But, a fish is a fish, stocked or native. Fly fishing for stocked trout may not be your dream fishing getaway, but it may also be right behind your house.
Stocked vs Native
When fishing for stocked trout we must remember that they were bred in tanks and fed pellets hence the term pellet heads. Unlike native trout who were born in the stream and fed from its natural bounty, stocked trout have never even seen a may fly.
Early Season Techniques
How do these differences affect the way we fish for stocked trout? For early season stocked trout keep it simple and leave your pretty flies at home. Stocked trout can be extremely stubborn and will humble any avid fly fishermen. You may normally look for a rainbow trout in fast moving water but a newly stocked rainbow is most likely in slower moving water trying to match the conditions it was raised in.
- Adams Dry
- Elk Hair Caddis Dry
- Olive Woolly Bugger
- San Juan Worm
- Pheasant Tail
As the season progresses the trout will adapt quickly and sooner or later they’re acting just like the natives. At this point you can start matching the hatches. These fish have been pressured hard and are probably spooked. Therefore it’s probably a good idea to downsize all of your gear ( lite tippett, smaller flies).