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Best time of day to catch trout?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Getting back into dry fly fishing for trout on stocked ponds. Best luck I have had was early am. After 9 until 3 not much luck, then decent luck after 3pm. Caught those early am fish/rainbows during a midge hatch. Anyone have advice for best time of day?
post #2 of 13
No need you got it down pat!
post #3 of 13
i'd agree that you basically have it right. the only thing to note is that as the weather gets colder the hours i fish get pushed back slightly. when its really cold in the morning the fish are lethargic and i find better luck after the sun comes out and starts to warm up the water a bit. i trout fish throughout the winter and find that during the cold months that i don't get much luck before 830-9am.

just another thought to add into the equation as the weather changes.

~J
post #4 of 13
My answer would be it depends on the hatch or the spinerfall. For example, if I wanted to target trout sipping Trico spinners in my neck of the woods, I'd be on the water around 7am in August. Winter midges? 1pm is when I'd like to be at my spot.

It really is a dynamic to which there is no one definitive answer.
post #5 of 13
It all depends where you are fishing and time of season. On my large water supply reservoirs in summer then dawn can be great irrespective if any flies are hatching or not. The fish are active and let you know they are on the move and looking for food. Get to o8oo and they can turn off like a light switch. Nice as I can break for a coffee . You are on the right tracks my friend. Nice tro see that.

Tight lines

Mike
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Now, November midge hatch. So maybe when it warms up. Today I did catch one at 11 am. Another at 4:15 after many casts, but had a knot in my leader and that is where it broke off.
post #7 of 13
I agree with Fisherman...on some of my local haunts you can set your watch to the late August early September trico hatches...later fall into winter hatches seem fairly random but later in the day.

However, I have fished many times on the West Branch of the Delaware where the hatches seemed to go on all day, different bugs at different times...sometimes there would be multiple hatches of different insects going on in a small section of river. It would drive you nuts trying to figure out what the trout were keyed in on at that moment. Entemology...
post #8 of 13
I'd love to fish dries all the time but it's been so cold where I am that going deep is the only hope
post #9 of 13
We are fortunate to be able to catch trout on dries on the Farmington River (CT) year round. I get pretty stoked about catching fish on tiny midges in the middle of a snow storm. :-)
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by The Fisherman View Post
We are fortunate to be able to catch trout on dries on the Farmington River (CT) year round.



I'm envious.....it was a balmy 8* when I stepped into the water yesterday (Northern CO).
post #11 of 13
Yeah...I definitely pick and choose my winter days. It's no fun when your line freezes — not to mention your guides.
post #12 of 13
" The best time to fish for trout is the most pleasant part of the day in the season in which you are fishing".
This old saw correlates pretty well with the optimal water-temps for hatches/spinner falls.
The time window suggested by this adage is inversely proportional to one's age and state of decrepitude
post #13 of 13
If a person is willing to travel, the Bighorn is currently one-fish-per-cast....but that isn't exactly a NE destination.
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