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Opportunistic feeding occurs when there isn’t a preponderance of any particular aquatic organism and the fish are watching for and eating whatever comes along.

When fish are feeding opportunistically you don’t have to imitate the characteristics of a natural organism as you would during a hatch. This doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to fish a size 2, chartreuse Humming bird pattern. The fish is still looking for a recognizable food organism. It’s a good idea to turn over some rocks and run your net through some weeds. Get an idea of the size and coloration of the streams naturals. Use your observations to select a pattern, which looks natural to the trout. Patterns should be about the size and color of the naturals

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