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


Fishing Small Streams - Being Sneaky - Part 2
Continued from part 1.....

I discovered that by using this same procedure, I could approach trout in
extremely clear spring creeks in Pennsylvania without spooking them, but doing
so is not easy. Moving at a slow, slow pace is not easy to do. It seems you will
never get into a position to cast and then when you do, you must do so with the
flip of a wrist, side-armed and very low. That means you can't cast very far and
that means you have to get very close to them. I have caught brown trout as
close as fifteen feet from me in shallow, extremely clear water, when I was
standing my full height which is six feet, two inches.

Most of the time I make the mistake of moving too fast. I am not very patient any
way and fishing at the pace of a snail isn't easy for me to do. What I am
describing is not a cure all for catching fish in low, clear water by any means.
Casting to a trout may take twenty minutes of ultra slow-motion movement
before you attempt the first and only cast you will get. I usually stoop down to my
knees in slow motion when I do get close to the fish and then cast side-armed
with as little body movement as possible.

I do wish to stress the point that trout do not notice your presence by identifying
or determining that you are some type of creature from out of space that is
going to harm them. Without turning and placing you in their very narrow
binocular area of vision, they cannot see you well enough to determine anything
other than something is in their area that doesn't belong there.

If you were in the woods observing the forest and one of the trees suddenly
moved a couple of feet, you would spook. If a tree started moving towards you
at a rather fast pace, you would really freak out. When a portion of the trout's
surroundings suddenly moves, it will freak out. Slow your movements way down
and you will catch more trout under low water conditions.