Troutnut.com Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Trout behavior question

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.

Or

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
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2548
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
Colorado

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: 656
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.

Falsifly
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

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.

Related Discussions

TitleRepliesLast Reply
Re: Name that hatch?
In General Discussion by Rbpcaddis
1Jul 13, 2007
by Taxon
Re: confusing fish behavior
In General Discussion by Wwelz
2Jun 26, 2008
by Wwelz
Re: Help identify this...dragonfly?
In the Identify This! Board by Fallen513
6Nov 4, 2011
by Dinerobyn
Re: Damsefly Nymphs: Odonata Zygoptera
In the Insect Order Odonata-Zygoptera by WildcatRob
3Aug 29, 2011
by Sayfu
Re: Pupa color?
In the Caddisfly Genus Chimarra by Frankcoz
6Apr 5, 2012
by Entoman
Re: Little J
In General Discussion by Wbranch
3May 17, 2009
by GONZO
Re: Adult Caddis Fishing Technique
In General Discussion by Damon
6Nov 6, 2016
by Jmd123
Re: Possible Maccaffertium Terminatum Mayfly Spinner?
In the Identify This! Board by Delvalle
1Jul 11, 2008
by Taxon
Re: Tiny Blue Winged Olives
In the Identify This! Board by TimCat
2May 2, 2016
by TimCat
Re: Caddis on a zig zag
In General Discussion by TDMunro
5Aug 17, 2019
by Partsman
Most Recent Posts
Re: Best guess at this bug. Smut (Simuliidae)
In General Discussion by Pdcox (Martinlf replied)
Re: Rio Puerco, Northern New Mexico
In Fishing Reports by Red_green_h (Troutnut replied)
Re: Tiny Black Caddis hatch, late fall - Nov 26 to be exact_ Spring Creek Southern MO
In the Caddisfly Family Hydroptilidae by Dai_sca (Pdcox replied)
Must Read This on my New Reel Purchase
In Gear Talk by 6106b
Re: Stonefly?
In the Identify This! Board by Pdcox (Taxon replied)
Re: Streamer rig set up questions
In Gear Talk by Fliesties22 (Martinlf replied)
Iowa Driftless
In General Discussion by KevinB
Re: fall bluewinged olive coloration.
In Fly Tying by Partsman
Re: Thankful
In General Discussion by Martinlf (Strmanglr replied)
Re: My (new) place and its environs
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)