How to catch trout from coloured water
QWhat is the best set-up and flies for fishing in brown or murky water? Edward Valentine PETER COCKWILL REPLIES: Let’s assume you are fishing a stillwater rather than a river, in which case the colouration could be from an incoming feeder stream in flood. You will often find that the fish lie along the very edge of the colour change. It's really hard to beat black flies in these conditions, but do try different sizes. I also like to use an intermediate line to hold my flies down in the water. If the colouration is from wind causing muddy shallow areas to colour up then it can be tough fishing, in which case I suggest you look for the area where the dirty water meets the clearer area and adopt the same tactics as above. The last option would be when a fishery goes a murky brown from an early season diatom bloom. There’s no easy answer this time as it can affect the whole fishery and seems to put the fish right off feeding and can take several weeks to work through. It's nature doing its thing but it is really frustrating for us anglers. Sometimes in diatom blooms I have done well with an almost static Orange Blob, so that's worth a try.