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3 Mistakes That Should Be Avoided When River Fishing in the Spring

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    When fishing in the spring of the year, especially in rivers, there are certain mistakes that should be avoided whenever possible. In this article I will outline 3 of the biggest mistakes anglers make in the spring of the year along with a few tips that will help you catch more fish. For the most part these spring fishing tips are for the wading angler. Making these mistakes can not only cost you bites, but can also be quite dangerous.

    When river fishing in the spring the first thing that should be understood is that river flows are normally much higher and faster than at other times of the year, thus making wading much more difficult and dangerous. Being sure of water depth and current flow is integral when wading in the spring of the year. Never go wading into a river too fast, especially during the spring. Getting caught off guard in high, fast current can mean that you could easily take a cold, wet ride down your favorite river and I know from experience that this is no fun at all.

With that being said, what are the 3 mistakes that should be avoided?
  • Not Working With The Water

    In high, fast current flows it is imperative that you "work with" the water rather than trying to fight the water. This is especially true when attempting to cross a river. If the current pushes you downstream as you wade (and it probably will) just go with it. Slow, steady steps are in order when wading in the spring. A wading staff is also a great idea, especially when wading through heavy current flows. A wading staff provides you with another leverage point at the bottom of the river, which is always a good idea in heavy current.
  • Not Fishing At The Best Times

    Many anglers tend to think that fishing is fishing and when you go fishing is of little consequence. This is a common misconception, but nothing could be farther from the truth. There are certain times of the day, week, and month that fish are more active than others and this is largely determined by the weather & moon. As far as spring fishing tips are concerned this is one of the best. Not fishing at the best times is a common mistake that fisherman make during the spring of the year and this mistake costs them bites.
  • Not Using Live Worms As Bait

    The spring of the year provides excellent live worm angling in most rivers. The high water flows, many times from rain/runoff in the mountains washes all kinds of debris into rivers, including live worms. For this reason live worms are an excellent bait to use in rivers during the spring of the year. The best way to rigs worms as bait are gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem which enable a live worm to be presented in a totally realistic and natural


    manner. Not using live worms as bait is a mistake that many spring river fishermen make.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.

Avoid these simple mistakes and you will have a much more enjoyable springtime fishing trip. These spring fishing tips will help anyone experience more fishing success while wade fishing during the spring of the year.

About Trevor Kugler

Co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish with an emphasis on trout and small mouth bass fishing in rivers and streams. He currently raises his seven year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country...Montana!