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

11/07/09

Fishing Small Streams - Being Sneaky
Catching trout from small streams with low water isn't near as easy as catching
them streams with normal or even high water levels. The fish are easily spooked
in low water situations. They don't have the safety and security of deep water.
If you can be sneaky and make good presentations you can still catch plenty of
trout.

Everyone is probably aware that you should stay low, dress correctly and stay
hidden from the trout. Those things are basic for fishing small streams,
especially under low water conditions. If you move extremely slow, the trout are
far less likely to notice you than if you move normally. Trout can see almost all
the way around themselves. There is only a small area directly behind them,
called the blind spot, that is not within their peripheral vision. I have found that
as long as you move extremely slow, they won't notice you in their peripheral
vision area of coverage nearly as quickly as they will when you move at a
normal pace. By that I mean not only move you body very slowly, but refrain
from making the movements necessary to cast.

The trout's vision is not very different from bass. Both species can see almost all
the way around themselves. For several years, I had the opportunity to
experiment with bass in my close friend's, Tom Mann's Fish World in Eufaula,
Alabama. Tom allowed me to go up to the top of the aquarium and experiment
with fishing for the huge bass in the large tank. The tank is about the size of a
small house and looks much like a large swimming pool from up top. Below,
windows allow visitors to look into the aquarium from an underwater perspective.

If I approached the water from up top where visitors are not allowed, every
fish in the aquarium would shoot for the nearest cover. They had become used
to the people down below looking through the windows and had learned they
didn't pose any danger. That was not the case up top. Trying to cope with the
fish spooking every time I attempted to cast to them, I used every method I could
think of each time I tried to approach them without their knowing it. I discovered
that if I moved like a snail, they didn't notice me. If I moved any faster than that,
they did. Even though my clothes didn't blend in with the color of the walls
behind me, they still didn't notice me as long as my movements were very, very
slow. When I learned to cast with an underhanded cast or flip of the rod, they
would all try to eat the lure, that is until one home one. You could fish with the
same lure for the rest of the day and they would only hide from it but that is
another subject.

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