On almost every river and stream, there’s a slow, deep backwater. They share the common characteristics of tapering from a long, shallow strip that sinks to joining the main current. It’s this depth that provides the main escape cover, and if the surface of the water is broken by differential currents, grasses, or other vegetation, you likely have a winning big fish lie. It’s in these back waters, if you wait and watch long enough that we’ve found some of the largest trout come to feed, to cycle between the often food laden still water and the escape depth. These back water cyclers present challenges as they change direction often and can switch to minute food sources in a hurry.