Tailing Rise

Tailing occurs when a portion of the trout's tail becomes exposed above the surface of the water. The trout's body faces down while it is trying to take crayfish, shrimp, or some other form of prey found on the bottom of the lake, river, or stream. Typically, tailing will occur in shallow water. If the water is still, you might notice a reflection on the water's surface and if the water is exceptionally smooth, the reflection will appear uniform.

However, if the trout is still under the water's surface while tailing, the reflection of the surface object will be greatly distorted. You might see this as a heavy waviness or even a subtle blurring. When you see this, more than likely there are trout nearby.

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