Spring runoff scares many anglers into not fishing. Sure, high, off-color rivers can be confusing and hard to read, but fish are still biting in these conditions. Plus, you might even have the whole stream to yourself. By making a few adjustments to your tactics, you can start plucking big fish out of murky water, while other anglers are still cooped up at home, waiting for their favorite hotspot to clear.
At West Point, cadets are told to “embrace the suck,” meaning to welcome whatever wretched situation in which they find themselves. A similar thought applies to fishing runoff. The toughest part is the mind game.