Transition Water (TR Follow up)
The water during Saturday’s trip was still brutally cold, still sporting abnormally low temperatures this close to spring. After my initial assessment of the water temps, I made the conscious decision to focus all of my efforts on the slower water that is typically associated with winter type fishing. I determined that even though we are nearing what is in a typical year the peak of the spawning activity, because of the lower temps fish would be less likely to have moved into their traditional transition type water.
While we were able to find several fish in water that was walking speed or less, near the end of the day Joe and Jeff decided to spend some time running bugs through quicker staging areas, pockets, and dumps. Their decision to concentrate efforts on that type of water paid off immensely as a number of fish were hooked and landed in this transitional water.
I know that I have been told several times by folks much more knowledgeable than myself that water temperatures are only 1 part of the equation in regards to fish behavior – but I neglected to heed that advice, and most likely missed out on several opportunities to encounter steelhead during the day as a result.