Tree Cover

Looking up into a tree canopy from a trout’s (or any fish for that matter) perspective, it’s easy to see why this cover is so attractive.

For a trout as possible prey, overhead tree cover provides: –

  • Protection from arial predators, e.g. birds
  • Some protection from land based predators, e.g. fly fishers
  • Sanctuary from water based predators e.g. pike

For a trout in feeding mode, actively seeking prey, tree cover means: –

  • An overhead food store at times, as bugs fall out of tree cover into the water
  • Concealment from which to ambush unwary prey, e.g. small fish
  • Lower light levels providing fish with the confidence to feed

Yes, it’s easy to see why trout like tree cover and why casting a fly around these areas is very productive!