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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Thanks. So basically being even more careful, try to hide behind something if possible and not wade too much.

    The river didn't have much tree cover either and pretty slow and flat water albeit with a lot of underwater weeds.

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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Wading is OK it's how you go about it, wading slowly, carefully and quietly is OK.
    With slow clear water you need to keep low, apparently fish see up in a V window so the lower you are the closer you'll get to them.
    The alternative is fishing with a bit of distance between you and your target but the same stealth is required, if you scare fish closer to you they alert the rest of the pool.

    Al

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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Would they spook less easily in deeper pools or rough/rapid water?

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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Fast broken water gives the river angler the slight edge when catching trout and grayling , also deep water is better to target than shallow glassy glides .

    If you cant see them then there is a good chance the fish cant see you , half of the battle is getting in good position to present the flies , after fishing the pool you can examine the pool and gauge the depth by using your waders as a measuring staff , you might also look for slight depressions and holding spots for future reference .


    Many a time I have gauged the depth of the river and used to light a nymph , the trout holding spot was far deeper than I first thought .


    Examine your river , get to know it like the back of your hand . These type of observations work for me .


    Sometimes I do target trout in shallow spooky stretches of the river , there are 3 types of bottoms , bedrock is a very hard type of water to cover , no cover for the fish , gravel bottoms give me a better chance , I prefer the shallow glides to have boulders and rocks , gives the trout somewhere to hide . I look for darker spots on the river bed where its darker , this tells me the river changes in depth , when I can see the river bed it tells me the fish could well be seeing me too .


    Even at times I study the shallow water for rising fish , the ring of the rise is harder to see than when fishing in a deeper pool where trout are rising , a good pair of sunglasses is good for sight fishing or looking at features on a river bed .
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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Thanks for your help. I will try that stuff. Stealth is definitely important but not easy. For chub I have had success hiding behind a bush. I would look for a spot with chubs and a bush then sit there for 10 minutes and wait for them to come back, then casting while sitting halfway behind the Bush.

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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    When there's a bit of tree cover fish are easier to approach they seem to be more confident and you can get quite close.
    I think BN is on to something here. Many - clearly not all - creatures that prey on fish come out of the sky - ospreys, herons, cormorants and so on - and in my experience fish are far more wary of what's above them than what's in the river with them. So an excellent way to scare fish is if you are "skylined" and move too quickly. Tree cover breaks up your profile. Also, if you have to fish an open bank, standing or kneeling stock still for 15 minutes or so may mean the fish come to accept you as being a small bush or sapling !
    "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria." - German proverb
    JH based near Southampton

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    A step-by-step guide :-









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    Default Re: How to avoid spooking trout

    Quote Originally Posted by diawl bach View Post
    A step-by-step guide :-









    Like that Arnie film the Predator , I will be back for the evening rise .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
    I think BN is on to something here. Many - clearly not all - creatures that prey on fish come out of the sky - ospreys, herons, cormorants and so on - and in my experience fish are far more wary of what's above them than what's in the river with them. So an excellent way to scare fish is if you are "skylined" and move too quickly. Tree cover breaks up your profile. Also, if you have to fish an open bank, standing or kneeling stock still for 15 minutes or so may mean the fish come to accept you as being a small bush or sapling !
    +1 for what @johnh says in that it’s often the silhouette of the angler against the sky that seems to do it so if you can use any background vegetation to either hide behind or use to avoid you appearing on the horizon (like a bird against the sky) then you’ll find things improve. Also the choice of subtle coloured clothing will help in this regard.

    Good luck!

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