This year has been very good so far for me in catching trout of 15" or more. Interestingly, I've caught about the same number of trout of 16" or more as last year at this point, but there is a huge increase in the number between 15 & 16 inches.
I've caught more on plugs at this point than I did last year.
On Wednesday, I caught all but one of my 15" and over trout on spinners, and most were on a standard #2 French Blade. I caught some on some on some homemade large bladed spinners made by my father.
I think plugs do trigger more of a predatory response and the flash of spinners also can draw big trout. Anglers do catch big trout on small flies, but most of the fly anglers I've seen who catch big trout catch them on streamers and big nymphs.
I'm concerned about the low number of trout I've seen in the small freestoners. As Frank said, it often picks up as we get further into the year. Last year's drought was severe though and I'm afraid it really hurt the trout population in those streams. As we move into May and June, we should see what effect it had.
Last edited by Trout Traveler; 04-22-2017 at 04:10 PM.