|Brown trout above and rainbow below|
Fly fisherman match the hatch all the time. They will often look for bugs in the water or in the air and then try to use that type of fly. Spin-casters need to use the same philosophy.
Rivers that go to the ocean such as the Yuba, Feather and American use silver. Salmon, Steelhead, Shad and Strippers are all silver in color and so are their smolt. Again match the hatch. Small in the spring and as the season moves to summer get a little bigger. Use the life cycle chart (left) when selecting size.
Early in the season when fishing the Truckee I use either the largest gold single hooked swim bait or I go very small. Brown trout spawn in the fall, therefore the bait fish in the river in the spring time and early summer are small browns, which are gold in color. Match the hatch. As the summer rolls on your offering should get larger and you would be surprised as to how large you can go and still catch fish.
It is up to you to know where to go and when but if you follow these very simple concepts you may be more productive. Please use the search feature above for other fishing articles and advise.