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KeystonerAugust 15th, 2010, 7:21 am
Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

Posts: 145
In the very early mornings, just after daybreak, I have ofetn seen trout shooting straight up out of the water (like completley vertical). Sometimes they get upwards of two feet off the water before falling back in. What is this all about??? Besides a really good way to frustrate me when I'm getting skunked.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB
SlateDrake9August 15th, 2010, 7:38 am
Potter County, PA

Posts: 144
Chasing caddis that are emerging is my best guess. This happens anytime there's a caddis hatch, not just early morning.


They're just laughing at you. I'd put my money on the caddis thing though.
Fishing with bait is like swearing in church.
-- Slate Drake
TroutnutAugust 15th, 2010, 11:45 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Yeah, the usual interpretation would definitely be that they're chasing caddis emergers up to the surface. I've seen fish jump a bit for emerging midges, too. And sometimes they probably jump for other reasons but fishermen just assume they're chasing emergers... things are often more complicated than they seem.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
PaulRobertsAugust 17th, 2010, 8:06 pm

Posts: 1776
Check for Black Dancer's -Mysticites (sp?). They are black winged summer caddis that flit around the surface close to the bank. It's been a while so I do not remember their life history but I have dries and pupae in my box -black wing/olve body.

FalsiflyAugust 20th, 2010, 7:02 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 661
I doubt that this would happen very early in the morning as Damsel Fly activity seems to pick up in the heat of the day. Here is a forward from another topic:

Years back I was working upstream on a section of the Namekagon. It was a warm sunny afternoon in June, fishing was slow and there was no visible hatch. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a fish, leaping vertically, completely out of the water. I have seen this many times in the past and have always found it interesting. Of course my first thought was--- ah a fish! So naturally, I started to work toward that spot, one eye on my drift and the other, on that spot. Well, much to my surprise, Iíll be damned if the fish didnít do it again. Now my curiosity was piqued. I ceased fishing and slowly made my way to the spot, halting short, so as not to reveal myself. I was studying the surface of the water, seeing nothing unusual, when the fish leaped; straight up vertically, completely out of the water, again! This time I discovered what was going on. The fish was catching Damsel Flies, as they were hovering, a good foot and a half from the surface.

When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
KeystonerAugust 20th, 2010, 2:45 pm
Eugene, OR - formerly Eastern PA

Posts: 145
Thanks for the answers guys!!! So basically when I see this I should try a caddis fly, and ditch the bugger that no one cares about anyway.
"Out into the cool of the evening, strolls the Pretender. He knows that all his hopes and dreams, begin and end there." -JB

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