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

11/28/09

The Basics: Presentation - Part 18 - Other Things
Some anglers fail to recognize some things as being a part of your presentation
of a fly. They also may forget some of the important tools and accessory items
that can make a difference in presenting a fly.

One of the most important is how you dress. Ideally, you should wear
camouflaged clothing that matches the surroundings. You would probably look
more like a hunter than an angler. Some anglers actually do wear camouflaged
clothing but most would prefer to wear normal outdoor clothing in subdued
colors. Bright flashy colors will alert the trout of your presence as much as
anything. Avoid the bright reds, oranges, yellows, etc., unless they happen to
match a wooded section of stream you are fishing in the early fall. Dull shades
of tans, greens and browns are usually better.

I was told by one guide, years ago, that my white hair would spook trout. I first
thought he was kidding. I soon realized he wasn't. It was like waving a white flag
at the trout. Being the highest point and the first thing a trout can see from a
distance, your cap or hat is an important item for anyone. If you wear one, make
sure it is in a subdued, non flashy color that matches the background the trout
would be most likely to see you imposed against.

Also keep in mind the hat or cap can be an important in respect to shading your
eyes in bright light conditions or facing the sun when it is low on the horizon. It
can assist your sunglasses in shading out the light and enabling you to see the
water and the trout much better.

Since I mentioned sunglasses, and since they are next in line down from your
hat, for goodness sakes, don't forget them. That would be a huge mistake. I
want get off into sunglasses very much because I think that is much overdone in
terms of which glasses are best. Even the cheap polarized ones offer a big
advantage over not having sunglasses. Some anglers, including me, avoid the
glass lens. Streamers and heavy nymphs can break them and they can be
dangerous in my opinion. I also prefer amber lens in most situations. Of course
darker shades work best in very bright light conditions and lighter shades work
best in dim light conditions. If you want to carry more than one pair for this
reason, there certainly isn't anything wrong with it. Continued................

Copyright 2009 James Marsh