By Louis Cahill
Seeing fish equals catching fish.
More than casting. More than fly selection. More than any other skill, one thing separates highly effective anglers. The ability to see fish.
I don’t care if it’s tarpon or trout, bonefish or bass, seeing the fish is the best first step to catching the fish. For some species it’s absolutely crucial. Seeing the fish allows you to plan your presentation, observe the fish’s behavior and know with 100% certainty when it has eaten your fly. It’s the difference between winging it and applying real skill and technique. There is no substitute for this tactical advantage.
Far too many anglers start with the assumption they can not or will not see fish. And they don’t, either because they don’t have the confidence or because they don’t try. If you slow down, and take the time to look, you will find a world of possibilities opens up.
Reasons you should spend more time looking for fish
•Watching fish let’s you judge their behavior. You may gain valuable information on what a fish is eating or what may spook him. You may be able to vary your retrieve in a way that prompts an eat.
•Having eyes on the fish lets you make an accurate cast. Get right in a fish’s feeding lane or get the perfect lead. Have the fly where it needs to be when it needs to be there.
•Seeing the fish lets you pick your fish. There may be several fish in a run or in a school. If you can see them you can present you fly to the best fish.
Learning to see fish is a matter of training you eyes. Once you brain learns to recognize the visual cues, you’ll start seeing fish everywhere. But as long as you expect not to see fish or rely on your guide to find them for you, you’ll never get over the hump. Take the time to study the water. Spend time looking. Work at it. The rewards are big. You too can be one of those highly effective anglers.
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