Fly Fishing the Tailwaters
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Many anglers have mixed feelings about dams. On one hand, they disrupt the natural cycle of rivers - frequently with disastrous results to the ecosystem; on the other, they create phenomenal trout fisheries where often none previously existed. Because dams regulate flows (taming spring runoff in the process) as well as water temperatures (usually only the colder water from the bottoms of reservoirs spills through), the rivers below dams--called tailwaters--frequently contain huge insect populations and huge trout that feed upon the insects. Most trophy trout streams are now tailwaters--think of the Big Horn in Montana, the Green in Utah, and the San Juan in New Mexico. In Fly Fishing the Tailwaters, Ed Engle tells anglers how to approach these monster trout factories, with tips on equipment, fly selection, and fishing technique.
Author - Ed Engle, 1991