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

10/27/09


Hiding From Trout - Part 5
Continued from yesterday...

If you really want to learn a lot about what spooks trout, and how well they can
see and hear you, do right the opposite of what you should do. See how many
trout you can spook. Spring creeks are perfect places to do this. It is easier for
you to see the trout and easier for the trout to see you. You can see the
reaction of the trout, whereas in freestone streams, trout can flee without you
ever seeing them. We have experimented with this several times and I believe
we have picked up a few things we would not have otherwise learned.

The first thing I noticed was that when I was level with the stream about 40 feet
away in full view of a trout, yet not noticed by the trout to the point it would flee, I
could wave my arms without spooking the trout. Waving my arms and fly rod
didn't seem to make any difference in the reaction of the trout. I would be well
within its line of vision standing on a bank, not below it. If I started walking to my
left or right, the same trout would shoot under the grass to hide. I think that was
because they could not see my arms well enough for the movement to get their
attention but when my body moved, they could see what was going on. That is
only a guess. There is no real proof of that theory, of course. I tried the same
experiment on several trout and the result was always the same. The movement
of my body got a different reaction than the movement of just my arms.

If I stayed low on the ground and slowly stood up within about twenty feet of a
trout, I could get by doing so most of the time without spooking the trout.
However, when I would do the arm waving deal, they would all take off every
time. That told me that it was next to impossible to cast to a trout that close too
me without spooking it if it was looking in my direction. It also told me that if you
move very slowly the trout didn't spook as much as they do when you make
sudden movements. I could do the exact same thing, approaching a trout from
its rear, and pull it off without the spooking the trout. The difference the blind
spot to their rear made became very obvious.


Continued.......

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