There are a lot of fly fishers, and when many of them are still out of work or school, they will be on the water, hunting for wild trout and discovering some new territory. There has always been the word of mouth method of finding a new place to fish, but some of the best secrets remain undiscussed. It is time to check out some locations that you have made a mental note of, in the past. You know what I am talking about, the streams that you have looked at, while driving across the bridge or found on a map or while exploring google earth.
Many other fly fishers will also be out exploring, so you must expect a few competitors for little fished water, usually on a small trout stream where seldom human foot traffic is found. I always watch a stretch of stream, for recent or past foot prints in muddy areas or on the sand and gravel. This will tell you when the last fishers walked thru. If I see any fresh sign, a choice must be made, either walk a long way upstream, past where the previous fishers went, or turn downstream.
The fact of the matter is that our trout streams are getting more pressure these days. It takes a few days for the trout to settle back down to normal, after a good fly fisher has moved thru the area. There will no doubt be some sore trout mouths to heal and a little more suspicion about what to bite on, the next time around. This period of time is best to be avoided by a fly fisher anxious to find some action.
It is important to have plenty of healthy trout streams to keep the anglers satisfied. This something that Albertans could do a lot more efficiently, but you need some good people on board to achieve this goal. Management is so important when it comes to populations of wild trout that are limited in number, due to the limited habitat. It is certainly not an environment that can be opened up for harvest, this is the quickest way to destroy a trout fishery. I am talking about streams on public land, not the ones that flow thru private land, which often is closely guarded by those that feel they own the stream as well as the land.
Trout streams on public land are easy to manage, because they are managed by the province, as far as fisheries management is concerned. So it is just a matter of first, understanding the best approach, and then designing a management strategy to protect the health of the fishery. For some with this responsibility, it is just too big and complicated of a decision to make any safe move on, career wise. For others, it is just a big puzzle to piece together, and it will stay that way, at least until they are ready for retirement.