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00:00 In this video, I’m going to give you my thoughts on the Orvis guide for Prospecting for Trout. Stay tuned!
00:11 What’s up everybody Todd Welch here from the High Altitude Brands The Backcountry Trail and today we are gonna dig into The Orvis Guide for Prospecting for Trout. How to catch fish when there is no hatch to match. Now this book was written from the perspective of a fly fisherman. I am more of a spin fisherman I do a little bit of fly fishing but not match I prefer spin fishing. I picked out this book anyways because reading thru the titles of the chapters I knew it would contain a lot of really good information and I was not let down. You can see from all of the notes and sticky notes that I put in here there is a lot of good stuff, so your gonna wanna to stay tuned, check out this video, were gonna dig into this a little bit and show you why you should pick up this book the Orvis guide for Prospecting for Trout.
01:06 Now before we get started, down below make sure you click on subscribe and click that little bell to get notified of more videos like this from fishing tips, for product reviews, how to maintain your equipment, all sorts of different things here at High Altitude Brands we throw out there for you, so subscribe, click the notification to get more videos like this. And why you are down there leave a comment let me know what kind of fish you like to go for when you are out fishing and if you are a trout fisherman that is why you are watching this probably, let me know what your preferred time to Trout species is. Whether it’s brook, brown, rainbow , cutthrout trout, golden whatever the case maybe. Let me know down there on the comment. So without further due, lets go ahead and jump into the book.
01:53 Alright so as I already mentioned, I really ended up liking this book a lot, it’s got a really good information in it. It’s really easy to digest and follow thru and even skip around to jump to the parts of it you’re really interested in right now but I sat down and read this in one evening and it’s really easy to read but it’s packed full of information.
02:18 Now, the first half of the book is information and the way they go over it is thru the life of a Trout. So basically they’re following this one particular Trout, following its feeding habits, where it goes throughout the day, what to look for if it’s in different parts of the streams and things like that. So it really turns it from not being a study book per say like you read in school to more of almost of like a story that you are learning from. So it really makes it easy to digest and just keep reading through it and learn the information from it.
02:58 The author Tom Rosenbauer did a really good job in that sense to make it very easy to read. Now another good thing that I really like in here is there’s a lot of good information but there’s also a lot of pictures as well. So pictures like this guy here. You see some of the notes that I took so you got colored pictures but that even better are these graphics. The illustration that they put in here showing you the different actions of a fish or how to read the water and things like that. So you get a visual representation on top of reading to really help you learn and understand the concepts of their teaching.
03:45 This book is great for people just starting out but as well for more advanced people you are gonna pick something out from reading this.
03:55 Now if you are a spin fisherman the first half of the book is where you gonna want to stick to. So I read through pretty much around page 80. The rest of the book, it’s a total of 191 pages, so the second half of the book or a little more than the second half of the book digs into fly and things like that, so if you are a fly fisherman you’re gonna love that and dig into that, but if you are a spin fisherman you can stop once you start getting into where they teaching you about flies.
04:31 With that said you could probably keep going because I actually read the chapter on woolly buggers , which if you are not familiar with woolly buggers, think of it kind of like a jig, a weighted jig that a fly fisherman throws out there and strips in, reels in through the water kind of like what we do with a spinner.
04:55 But the author what he was talking about was getting a waited woolly bugger tying it to your fishing line and then getting a smaller nymph which is a smaller little bug pattern in fly fishing tying it about a foot or a foot and a half of line below the hook of the woolly bugger and then tying your fly unto that, because what that looks like is your pulling through maybe a larger minnow or crayfish to fish might think it is but if you are not interested in that that will get their attention and then they’re gonna see this little guy coming right behind it so they might bite that.
05:33 I’ll throw the snippet of the video in here of the Trout that I caught. I went out and buy that little bugger in a nymph hooked it up and went fishing in the Provo river and I ended up catching about a 17-18 inch rainbow Trout on the tiny little nymph that was following up the woolly bugger so it worked it was really awesome and I learned it in this book, so thank you for that I got a lot of adrenaline pumping when I caught that fish i’ll put up a picture of it right up here, if I haven’t already really good time. So just that alone paid for the price of this book with the adrenaline alone catching that big fish in a fast moving river.
06:14 Alright so the first chapter in this book is how trout feed so what they really dug into this and I told it in a story form as I’ve said was how the trout feeds in the stream as well as in lakes what they do like for example how they are gonna sit so you can see this stream behind me, we’ve got some fast flowing water and then you can see like right here we have a fast flowing water that’s coming on the inside bend of this creek right here on the inside here we have slower moving water it’s kind of swirling around right inside here and so what’s gonna happen if a trout are not gonna sit in the water the fast flowing water cause their gonna want to do is little effort as possible to get their food so they’re gonna sit over this slower moving water here so they can just reserve energy and their food is coming by that. That way they can just wait for the food dart out grab it and got back and that basically how a trout is gonna feed so that just a little bit of what’s in this book on how trout feed. It really digs into all the aspects of the stream and those in the lakes as well so a really good chapter to check out in the book.
07:42 Now chapter 2 is rich and pour trout streams so with that it tells you how to approach a stream depending on if its got lots of food or if it doesn’t have a lot of food if there’s a hatch of bugs going on depending on the conditions of the stream so it help you read the conditions of the stream and really dig into it to know how a river or a stream or a lake like the lake behind me here is going to be fishing. How warm the water is, how cool the water is how much food there is what types of food and things like that so It really helps you understand how to approach a stream before you even go there to research to understand how your gonna approach it you can fish the stream.
08:37 The next chapter, chapter 3 reading the water. Again, the way I showed you earlier, I was reading the water right here behind me looking for those slow areas next to the fast areas looking for cover that trout can go to quickly if a bird flies over head because they don’t want to get picked off they could technically be sitting right in the middle of a relatively shallow river or stream that you may not even think they would be and you normally walked right by but if there’s just barely enough depth and food going by and they’re structure near where they can take off and run and hide there definitely could be trout there. So that is an example of what they teach you in that chapter 3 really good information definitely recommend it.
09:32 Alright and then the chapters from there the 4th chapter is on streamers, streamers are like the woolly bugger that I talked to you about I read that chapter picked up that tip caught a beautiful rainbow trout as you seen earlier then it goes into nymphs nymphs are really small bugs that live in every stream I recommend go to a stream and pick up a rock and you are gonna find bugs underneath it those are the bugs that the trout are eating when they get knocked loose and the trout grabs them or maybe when they start coming up the surface to hatch and fly out of the water they are going to be eating them at that point as well so that what nymphs are. A lot of fishermen will fish with nymphs a lot of fly fishermen will fish with nymphs. Let’s check out the rock.
10:31 Alright so I grab this rock and you can already see there is one bug right there here is another one that moving around, not moving at the moment there we go if I get my hands close to it you can see it moving around, another one back here those are all little bugs little nymphs that live in these rivers so that a good way to find where a local trout are eating you can flip it up and if you seen a lot of bugs like that there’s a lot for the trout to eat in these little streams for like this one for example. A lot of little nymphs live in these rivers and creeks and lakes that the trout are eating.
11:13 Alright and the next one is wet flies and so wet flies are basically exactly that there are those nymphs that have hatched and they are gonna be basically wet so they are gonna be in the water under the water a little bit but near the surface of the water. Dry flies dry flies are gonna be flies that are floating on top of the water that trout come up and grab a lot of fun to fish of course we are a fly fisherman and we already know that, that’s kind of the top of the arch for fly fisherman is catching trout on dry flies because it is often the most difficult because you have to be at a stream or a lake when there is a hatch going on typically to get the trout to come up and grab that food from the surface because if they are getting plenty of food underneath the water they don’t need to come up it is safer down underneath the water than it is coming up where bird can grab them.
12:15 So the last chapter you’re gonna want to read whether you are a fly fisherman or a spin fisherman your gonna want out to check the chapter on approach. So approach is basically gonna talk about not only you coming up to the stream, being careful to read the water and that’s scaring the fish but also how to approach a day of fishing so that your prepared and you know what your getting into when your going to the stream.
12:43 So all in all really good book for spin fisherman or fly fisherman I highly recommend it I’m gonna have an affiliate link down below you can pick up this book on Amazon we really appreciate it and also checkout the links below on the High Altitude Brands telescopic fishing rod and we have giveaways for that quite often check that out down below and have a link through that rod as well so you can check it out and then also lots of other videos in our channel. If you haven’t already clicked subscribed, click that little bell to get notified click over to our channel and check out all the other awesome videos I filmed for you guys, we’ve filmed for ya, fishing tips, product reviews, and lots of other things. So other than that, this is Todd Welch with the High Altitude Brands signing off. Tight lines everybody!