Once you have fished the bugger for a while and if you notice that trout are ingoring you, open the door to the world of entomology as it relates to the trout's habits. I have a commitment to study this more as the years progress despite my affliction with brawny saltwater species and drag peeling salmonids.
Each area has it's own fisheries - stillwater, streams or large rivers and each of these will call for it's own exploratory path.
Streamers, dries, emergers, nymphs, terrestrials - just the tip of the iceberg, a lifetime's worth of discovery. Not to mention these skills will reward you if you visit the great trout waters of our nation in the east - Vermont, Catskill Mtns, Northern New England; or the Arkansas which is producing an amazing trout fishery (just ask John Wilson) or of course Montana, Idaho, Colorado, etc.
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