.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

10/25/09


Hiding From Trout - Part 3

Continued from yesterday...

As I said yesterday, trout have a blind spot in their peripheral vision. It is a small
area directly behind them. When they are positioned in the moving water of the
stream facing in an upstream direction, that small blind area enables you to get
fairly close to them provided you approach them from their rear. This must be
done carefully and quietly. Approaching them from their front (the direction they
are looking) isn't as easy to do without being spotted.

Again, it is movement of objects at a distance that gets their attention quicker
than anything. Another big factor in just how well they can spot you has to do
with your contrast with the surrounding background. For example, If you are
wearing a white shirt and white hat, you are not blending in very well with the
typical background of a stream unless snow is a foot deep. You want to blend in
with the background in the same manner a deer or turkey hunter would. In fact,
the best clothing you could possible wear would be the best matching
camouflage outfits you could find to match the colors of the background during
the different seasons of the year. I am not suggesting you should go so far as to
wear a camouflage net over your head or that you should shade your eyes. I am
not even saying that camouflage clothing is necessary even though it would
solve the problem very well. Trout will not detect your presence near as well if
you blend in with the background. Subdued shades of browns and greens
usually work best. You should avoid bright, flashy colors.

Another factor in how close you can approach trout is how well you can see
them. If there is a lot of glare on the water, and there always is, you should wear
polarized glasses. There is no sense in stumbling over a trout directly in front of
you. It will go upstream and warn its entire family that a creature is coming.
Seriously, when trout suddenly shoot upstream, I believe it signals other fish that
danger is approaching or it at least makes them aware something is not normal.
The least fish you can spook, the better off you are, even if you are not trying to
catch them.

Continued.......

Copyright 2009 James Marsh