Photos By: Byron Bennett
I know we’ve all heard the saying and there is definitely some truth to it. I’m not much on handing out tips but since we’ve just let the cat out of the bag on top tips from the school of hard knocks I felt it mildly appropriate to put my .02 in on the “wood is good, foam is home” theory.
First off trout seek out two important qualities from their hidey holes – cover and a constant supply of food. Cover should be self explanatory but for shits and giggles I’ll break it down for you. Trout are notoriously spooky fish and they seek cover from blow downs, cut banks, and any other nasty tangled mess that finds its way into a stream. The above mentioned cover provides the trout safety from predators and a spot to ambush prey. It’s very rare, if ever, that you’ll see a wise old trout such as our friend “Leroy” cruising around, top down, in the middle of the day. He didn’t get that big by being dumb.
That brings us to the second part of the equation- the constant supply of food. The cover must provide access to a constant conveyor belt of food. Trout do not want to hang out in current that doesn’t allow them to take in more calories than they are burning. Soft seams or a seam where slower water and fast water meet, drop offs, and water behind obstructions are all prime spots that offer trout areas in which to hold and also keep the calorie burning to a minimum. I can only assume that whoever came up with the “wood is good, foam is home” saying was using the foam as a reference to the food part of the equation. Foam lines are often a tale, tale sign of soft seams, and you’ll often see foam build up behind obstructions or from waterfalls as a result of the water being mixed with air.
So there you have it folks. I hope this helps some of you eliminate some of the unproductive water on your next trip and when you get the ingredients of the equation right, your results should resemble something like this…