Its no surprise that trout become more wary as the heat rolls on and many of Virginia’s streams and creeks recede as rains are far and few between. As the water levels drop, trout are less likely to take risks, they hold tighter to undercut banks and deeper pools. Chances are they are much harder to coax out of their lairs to come suck down your fly.
To better increase your odds with these trout, try slimming down the overall profile of your flies. Be sure to pack a good pair of scissors in your chest pack or vest so that you can quickly make modifications stream side. For wet flies typically imitate those insects that are emerging from their exoskeleton . New flies tend to have lots of hackle making them great for the angler, but rarely do they look this good in real life.
Trim some of the hackle off so that it has a smaller profile, but be sure not to trim it evenly. These flies typically look like they have been beat up and worked over – so a ragged look is better. Always make sure that you drift is true and mend regularly.
For dry flies, try removing some of the hackle from the bottom of the fly so that it sits lower to the surface of the water. A perfect drift with no drag is always critical for getting a trout to commit. This smaller profile with a good drift should be the ticket to landing that wary trout.