The heads of pools are still good places to fish, of course, especially on unpressured trout rivers. But unpressured water is a rare thing these days, and the heads of most pools are pounded hard. You don't have to toss a coin to pick a different fishing spot, but if you did, one answer would keep repeating: It's tails, you win. in tailouts. Try fishing them with upstream casts retrieved back downstream near brushy banks. In larger, deeper tailouts, try fishing jigs by drifting them across and downstream. Don't crank in line after an across-stream cast, but let the jig swing slowly in the current on a tight line while gently pumping the rod tip to give added action to the lure. Adjust fishing depth in this case by adjusting your casting angle: The greater the upstream casting angle, the deeper the jig will fish as it swings back down.