How to catch a fish: Think like one!
by willowcreek | on April 5, 2012
“How to catch a fish”: Think like one (not smell)
I will try not to repeat myself in my “how to catch a fish” articles. There are so many different varieties of fishing, from oceans, lakes and streams.
From many parts of the country and hundreds of species of fish. In the western part of the country we fish many streams for trout, steel head and salmon. Oh sure we have ocean fishing, tons of lakes, but for this article I want to give you some insights to fishing that have taken me 50 years to learn……
When fishing a stream for trout say for instance the most important skill to have in my opinion is the ability to read the water. Reading the water means trying to figure out where the fish will hold before casting just by looking at the surface.
What you will be looking for is where the main current or the river or stream is flowing. It is this current that brings the food to the fish. This is called the seam.
“How to catch a fish”: Reading the water
Fish will normally hold in water that is close to where the fast water slows down to slower water, we call this the seam.
The current is bringing the bait down and the fish is waiting for it but in slower water where it is easy to swim without exhausting themselves. When the bait or food floats down the current of the river the fish will dart out and grab it, returning to water not quite so fast, an area where they don’t have to expel as much energy, remember if they use energy up they will have to feed constantly…..
In streams fish will hang around the seams, they will also hang around structure like logs or stumps and boulders to name a few. Learn to fish in the areas that you feel would have a fish. Under tree branches are good areas, fish like waiting there in case bugs fall out of the branches……… Where are fish going to be looking for food?
What are the fish that you are fishing for feeding on? Have you caught one yet? It’s not a bad idea when you are cleaning one to look in its stomach, that right there will tell you what they are eating…….. Remember, being gross right here will give you the upper hand.
The closer you can come to matching what they are eating in not only a visual sense but also flowing down the stream at the same speed a natural piece of food would be. When your line or a weight creates drag the bait isn’t flowing down the river at the speed it should be, the fish can tell this.
“How to catch a fish”: The closer you can come to matching what they are eating the better
Once again if you are drift fishing you will need to know where your bait is. In other words, if you have a bunch of slack in your line when a fish bites, you will not feel it unless they have picked it up and are running with it, eventually they will get the slack out so you can feel them bite.
If you are in touch with this it will become a habit to be slack less, so to speak and ready for a fish to get his lips on your offering.
Trout, steelhead and salmon will all bite in a similar way. When you feel the bite from a trout you generally know if it is a little fish. The same is true with a steelhead, the bite is like a trout but it feels like it is from a bigger fish, same with salmon. All of these fish also have the unique ability to bite in many, many other ways.
You standard trout variety of bite is only one way of explaining how a fish bit. Steelhead are very tricky and can have many different feels when they bite.
This holds true for trout as well, after all that’s what a steelhead is a rainbow trout, the two are pretty similar, smaller the fish, smaller the gear. The larger the fish larger the gear to a certain degree. Keep things fun, don’t have equipment that just yard them in. The fight is where it’s at!
Just have fun after you learn “how to catch a fish”. Get outside…..
“How to catch a fish”: Get out and enjoy nature
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