Thursday, March 16, 2023

Gave a Couple of Productive Spots a Try

Tried a couple of spots that produced for me in November. I'm still very much new to the cold water river trout. Whether or not I caught anything would be telling. Getting skunked informed me about trout either moving elsewhere in the river or being taken home. Of course, it's possible none wanted to hit my black maribou jig, but I gave the spots a very thorough working over.

A pair of wood ducks flew overhead. A male and a female. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Seven Points Against Me

Arrived at Neshanic, saw the river, and felt certain today would be a skunker. It's tough enough catching trout during New Jersey winters; to face higher than normal water volume is to entertain factors less in your favor:
  • The trout spread out when there's more water available to them.
  • And yet they will stay out of the heaviest current.
  • Such spots can be very specific and especially hard to find under high water. 
  • Every cast results in more approximation with regard to any subsurface target.
  • Cloudier water quality means the trout see the jig less clearly or not at all if at a distance.
  • You have less control over retrieve. 
  • Because heavy current carries both the line and the jig. 


Monday, March 6, 2023