Being math challenged, I don’t actually keep numerical fish data.
But having fly fished over forty years, I’m beginning to see the patterns by now.
As humans, we fish alike, it’s kinda hard not to…
Highly pressured fish learn how we go about it.
So, to raise our game we need to watch ourselves.
I’ve made a list of things to think about….
Dress in drab earth tones. Especially your hat.
If you can catch fish without dressing this way, imagine what might happen if you do….
When approaching the water don’t walk straight to it.
Pause a moment, back a ways, sometimes you can see them before they see you.
I’ve come close many times, to stepping on my quarry during an “auto approach”.
After you reach the water, don’t wade straight in. (That would be typical.)
Humans suffer from “Over-there syndrome”. It always looks better over there….
Many times fish are a rod length away..
Use shade when possible, works like a cloaking device…..
Wade quietly if you must wade at all, sound travels 3000mph underwater, they can hear you coming….
Take two steps and stop. You will sonically blend into background noise.
And those (pressure) waves we drive in front of us, they can feel…..
Large dark moving silhouettes on the horizon scare them, stay low.
Try not to break the horizon. (Including your rod.)
Overhand casts waving around can spook them too, try side arm or a water-load cast.
The rod shadow can spook, but so can rod “flash”. That glossy finish is like lightning.
Don’t false cast over the fish either…
At the end of a drift, I recommend swinging the line towards shore instead of ripping it loudly out of the water…
Basically, don’t let them know you are in the same county.
If you eliminate these typical approaches, you will do better than average.
And statistically, that’s where I want to be.