We often stumble upon beaver dams when fishing our streams in the Uintas. This can provide some great fishing if you know what to look for and how to fish it effectively. Most beaver dams will create a stillwater situation so most of the time it’s a good idea to treat it like a lake especially if the fish are skittish. Here are some tips to keep in mind when fishing beaver dams.
1- Be sneaky. Keep a low profile and be walk slow. Fish in beaver dams are used to predators and will be on the look out for anything out of the ordinary. Hawks, eagles and osprey are alway looking for an easy meal and beaver ponds provide that.
2- Use longer leaders. We like to use 10-12ft leaders so the splash of the fly line doesn’t spook the fish.
3- Don’t be lazy. Before you get to a beaver dam more than likely you aren’t set up for the situation. Often times we find ourselves too excited when we see fish and make the cast without the proper rig. More often than not the disturbance the fly line makes will spook the fish and when one is spooked it triggers all of the fish. Take the time to observe the situation and change accordingly.
We hope these tips help the next time you stumble upon a beaver dam. Good luck!!!