Fly Fishing The Letort
Eugene P. Macri Jr.
Fly Fishing The Letort (Letort Spring Run) is one of the most
perplexing and complex streams in the world. This limestone spring creek yields its secrets sparingly to say
the least. One of the difficulties is the fact that because the hatches have declined in the last 30
years the trout don't rise like they use to. Therefore, the fish are more difficult to approach because of
their cone of vision.
The brown trout of this limestone spring creek are almost impossible to approach on days that
are particularly bright and without cloud cover. You are probably better off staying in a local bar and
having a couple of malt Scotches rather than spook the fish on the Letort. I say this not to
discourage you but to allow you to come to grips with the idea that this is a difficult stream that requires
the utmost in patience and stealth.
Because you are hunting for trout in most instances rather than fishing the
water you must not compromise your position by improper wading, casting or other things which would put the fish
down. Furthermore, no matter what you do some days the fish won't rise or won't be seen much. These trout are
wild and hide in the vegetation (macrophytes) or under the banks.
First you should have a game plan. You can usually find a few fish
nymphing or chasing the occasional sculpin or minnow. Find an area of the stream that hasn't been disturbed
and just wait. This is what the legendary Charlie Fox and Mariaro taught me. Just wait! Use binoculars
to scan the water because the trout are like ghosts in this stream. If you can find one feeding then figure a
plan that includes how you are going to cast, approach, and land the fish. Yes, figure all of this before you
even start! Because if you don't you'll either spook the fish or hook him and not land him because he will
take you into the weeds.
This is the beginning of learning how to fish the Letort. You can also
contact me if you are interested in learning more. One other
piece of advice: Pick a Cloudy Day!!! And I mean it; your success rate will improve dramatically!