Rule #1 - Don’t Be Seen.
Fish can see you, without a doubt. When stream fishing, it’s important to minimize your ability to be seen by the fish and to not spook it. We've put together a few key tips to help you out.
Rule #2 - Fishing Isn’t a Fashion Show
I know all those bright colors are cool and all, but you’re going to stand out to the fish. Besides, I’m pretty sure no fish ever said, oh, look at that bright yellow shirt, I think I’ll eat whatever he throws. I dress drab and often wear camouflage. I’ve heard the arguments it doesn’t matter in stained water, just gin clear water. I’m not sure about that, and I’m not about to try to test the theory. I fish to catch fish, not to impress anyone on the river.
Rule #3 - Rod Selection
Is bigger always better…..maybe not always. However, if you’re high sticking, there’s a compelling argument that the longer the rod, the greater the reach, the further you are from the fish, the less likely you’ll be seen. I fish an 11 foot rod when fishing this technique. It’s the size I’m comfortable with. There’s larger out there as well. Use the longest rod you can comfortably handle.
Rule #4 - Go The Distance
I always fish inside out. Closest to me to the farthest. That doesn’t mean you have to start at your feet. If you have clear, low grade water, you’re going to have to get some distance on your cast. This isn’t likely a euro nymph situation. Hopper-dropper or an indicator rig are you most likely candidates here. The further away you can effectively fish, the more successful you are going to be.
Rule #5 - Be a Hunter
Don’t stumble down to the river like a drunken pregnant yak. Fish can see an hear you. Subtle entry into the water, crouching, kneeling, and minimizing your profile are all effective techniques. You effectively want to stalk your quarry.
Please remember, we only have this one mother earth. Take care of her. Pack it in, Pack it out. Until next time my fishy friends......
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags