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The Best of Washington Steelhead and Trout Since 1988
The Best of Washington Steelhead and Trout Since 1988

Bump and Move

All of us have been in the familiar situation when you have positioned yourself to nymph a familiar ‘trout spot’ on your favorite river and you hook-up immediately, even two to three hook-ups, and then nothing. The question comes to mind ….”Did I hook every fish in the hole?” Most likely not! If you are not able to hook-up again then ‘change it up’. First, try a different depth with the same flies. If that doesn’t work then change the flies up….Even though the fish has a brain the size of a pea, they are definitely in tune with current food sources. When you catch a couple at first via the element of surprise, all is good. After that, sometimes a change-up is required to fool others in that zone. After changing up with new depths and flies and getting no results then the next recommendation is to ‘Bump and Move’ – In essence you have over-extended your welcome in that particular zone!