Fall Fishing 2018 in the Northeast
Fishing in the Northeast on any rivers or streams has been impossible since July 17th. I remember because before October 6th it was the last time I went fishing. Rivers that were normally 400 cubic ft/sec have been roaring at 7000 since July. Record rainfalls have caused constant "Flash Flood" warnings on phone apps.
During this period I have had a lot of time to think about what happens to trout and other fish during these flood times and how to fish for them when the water starts to recede. The first problem I see is the amount of water to cover. You can't really read the water. It all looks the same. The fish could be anywhere. You have to think about what their needs are. Their first need is to conserve calories. They are going to look for something to break the current in front of them like rocks or downed trees. You can't fish for those fish. The other fish are going to be near the shore where the river or stream widens. Then you have to think which fish will take which position. Trout and Smallmouth are going to take shelter behind structure in the fast moving water and Pickerel are going to hang out on the flooded shore line. Surprisingly they are going to face towards the middle away from the bank. They are going to look for things to pass by in front of them. Then they are going to pursue and consume from the rear.
I took this idea and applied it to fishing a small river in October. The water was very high for this river. Its about twice as fast as normal and about a foot higher.
Below is the video showing how I work the shoreline retrieving with the current using a Thomas Lure Colorado Spoon Nickel/Gold 1/4 oz. I choose spoons for Pickerel because they create a larger appearance. A Pickerel can eat something half its body length. Something that appears a few inches long is perfect for them. To fish with the current you just can't simply reel in a spoon. You need to reel and pull because a spoon will surf the current and not give you any action. By pulling in long tugs while reeling you create enough speed to give you good action while retrieving in the direction of the current. Some people will say its going to move too fast for the fish to grab it. I have news for everyone. You can't retrieve anything faster than a fish swims.
Watch as I grab this pickerel as it waits to Ambush prey on a flooded grassy shoreline.
I am using a very light rod so just pulling the spoon causes it to bend in half. Its right on the 3rd pull that the fish hits.