Trout at 55° to 60° Water Temperature Range

by Fly Fisherman

When your stream thermometer registers a temperature between 55° and 60° F., and the water is clear and not in flood stage, you can begin to use a dry fly. Brown trout, which feed more often on the surface than Brooks and Rainbows, will take dry flies freely in this temperature. Rainbows and Brooks will also begin to feed on the surface when a hatch is on, especially in the later stages when the adult flies are falling on the water.
This is really a transitional water temperature stage. In it, trout are still inclined to stay in the medium depth water and in the warmer and sunny parts of the stream. They will be on the medium depth riffles but return to the deep pools frequently. Tails of current in pools and cut-banks are good places. Spots near and under logs, brush cover and above and below boulders in the current in medium-depth water all hold trout during this temperature stage.

I always try a dry fly in these conditions, especially if there are any natural rises. This is partly because it’s more fun casting a dry fly—just the casting itself, I mean—and because the surface rise gives me more of a ‘thrill than a strike under water. I’ll give you the stream tactics on dry fly fishing under the next temperature range.
Wet flies, nymphs, bucktails and streamer flies, as well as a spinner-and-fly, will take trout nicely in these conditions. Stream handling and casting are like those already given you. Fish the exact imitation wet flies and the nymphs up stream by the natural drift method. Bucktails and streamers need the action type of retrieve. Worms, minnows, hellgramites, grasshoppers and other live bait will take trout at these water temperatures, but are seldom needed except when the water is high and murky. In that condition, live bait is most productive.

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