Drawing Trout Out
When trout are feeding, they commonly do so not under the cutbank but just off it. So cast to possible feeding stations near the bank first. Moreover, even if a hard-to-reach trout is feeding very close to the lip, as browns sometimes do, you can often move that fish. Trout will dart sideways to capture food, as long as the food item is big enough to justify the extra energy spent. For spinfishermen, a nightcrawler, salted minnow, in-line spinner, or jointed minnow plug fished near the bank can pull trout from tight against it. For flyfishermen, the same goes for streamers, stonefly nymphs, and big dries, especially big terrestrials where there is overhanging brush. (This tactic works best on relatively infertile waters, which applies to most rivers and streams.) If all this fails, then get under there (see sidebar).