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

11/30/09

The Basics: Presentation - Part 20 - Other Things
Another important part of any presentation is doing so in such as way the trout
cannot hear you. I guess all of you know that you shouldn't kick rocks around in
the stream and I am sure many of you are well aware trout can hear. They hear
two different ways. One is through their lateral line that runs horizontally along
the middle part of their body its full length. The other way is using hearing
organs that are remotely similar to our ears. Each of these two methods of
hearing are effective for different sound frequencies.

Without getting too technical, the thing to remember is that vibrations sent
through the ground will alert trout of your presence. You can yell at your buddy
down the stream as loud as you want to and the trout want hear you, but if you
stomp the ground when you are standing on the bank you will alert every trout
within a distance that is probably much farther than you would think.

The next time you are in view of a trout in a stream, try stomping the ground or
dropping a rock to on the ground or another rock on the bank and watch what
happens. The trout will probably take off like a bullet.

When you are wading, you need to be especially careful not to move rocks or
cobble on the bottom. Do the same thing when you are fishing from the bank.
Avoid making any unnecessary noise that would transmit through the ground.

Another way you can spook trout when you are in the process of presenting the
fly to them is to make wakes that alert them of your presence. This is not a
problem in a stream with flowing water, but it is when the water is smooth and
moving very slow or when you are fishing still water. Just move slowly when you
are wading and avoid any surface disturbance.

One thing many anglers do not think about is that when you are wading, each
time you move in the direction you are fishing, either up or downstream, you are
taking a chance of spooking a trout near you. When you do, they usually take
off in the direction of the area or fish you are trying to approach.  I don't think
they can communicate with each other in the normal sense, but when one fish
sees another fleeing from something, it gets its attention. The least fish you can
spook, the better off you are.  I hope you can see how approaching trout is a
part of your presentation.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh