Fishing Times and Behavioral Drift

Here is an excellent article from Rick Hafele that explains why Trout are perhaps so active very early in the morning at dawn, at night before dusk, and even in the middle of the night around 2am.


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There have been numerous studies of behavioral drift and they have uncovered a number of interesting and useful facts. First, while there is some level of drift occurring all the time, there are periods of the day when drift activity peaks, and these peaks occur at three well defined times over a 24-hour period.

The first peak is in the morning generally starting an hour before sunrise and lasting to an hour after sunrise. The second peak is in the evening starting an hour before sunset and ending about an hour after. The third peak occurs in the middle of the night from around midnight to 2 am.

These periods of peak drift activity occur consistently every day throughout the year, though the intensity of the peaks may vary day to day with changes in weather, water temperature and streamflows. The obvious importance to fly fishers is that periods of peak drift mean more food is available to trout and trout respond by increasing their feeding activity.

It’s long been known that fishing success tends to be high early and late in the day, and the peak in insect drift at these same times provides an excellent explanation for it.”

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