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William Schlafer  
#1 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 2:00:22 PM(UTC)
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Some more sage wisdom from Jay Ford Thurston: here's his advice on Sneaking Up On Trout.

I have to agree with his comments on belly crawling up on Trout. I've always felt that was a bit dramatic and not needed if you use the available cover along the bank and prepare your approach wisely. Keeping your shadow off the water and avoid profiling your outline against the sky is still the best advice on sunny days with clear water. Trout have evolved to be very sensitive to large dark objects hovering above them.


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#2 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 2:32:46 PM(UTC)
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Exactly👍 This is why I’ll always wade as opposed to walk the banks for Trout.
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
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Guillermo on 4/24/2018(UTC)
Guillermo  
#3 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 2:41:36 PM(UTC)
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If you're walking aimlessly along an artificially high poor farming practice-caused driftless trout stream bank you might as well be an eagle or an osprey to the trout down below.
William Schlafer  
#4 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 5:25:00 PM(UTC)
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When it's sunny and the water is particularly clear, I sometimes will cast from 15-25 feet back from the bank. This eliminates any chance of a shadow or movement of your fly rod to alarm Trout. You still need to watch out for lining the fish and you somehow still need to detect the strike.

Sometimes if you just sit or stand very still for enough time, Trout will forget about your presence. If you're lucky, you might get one or two casts in those situations. But it beats just watching Trout race upstream from you all day.


-Bill
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weiliwen  
#5 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 5:41:28 PM(UTC)
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This has been a real problem for me, and I finally started just walking up to the stream, but casting upriver 15-20 feet. I could never get a cast in by casting across the same distance of field - always snagged, and like Bill said, you still might line the trout. Often I will, however, do it halfway - stand 10 feet from the bank and cast 10 feet up.

I would never belly up to a stream - that's a sure way to end up with ticks.

Stained water is my friend.
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Guillermo on 4/24/2018(UTC)
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If you're walking aimlessly along an artificially high poor farming practice-caused driftless trout stream bank you might as well be an eagle or an osprey to the trout down below.




Or if your wondering aimlessly along an artificially man designed stream with artificial undercuts you want to be aware that the trout on a sunny day will more than likely be laying 4-6' back from the banks edge leaving yourself easily detectable if your not walking extremely carefully or back a much further distance than you normally would be. BigGrin
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Gurth  
#7 Posted : Monday, April 23, 2018 5:50:48 PM(UTC)
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Or just carry some m-80s.

I promise you that no one can tell in the grip and grin.
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Guillermo on 4/24/2018(UTC)
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:00:24 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Guillermo Go to Quoted Post
If you're walking aimlessly along an artificially high poor farming practice-caused driftless trout stream bank you might as well be an eagle or an osprey to the trout down below.




Or if your wondering aimlessly along an artificially man designed stream with artificial undercuts you want to be aware that the trout on a sunny day will more than likely be laying 4-6' back from the banks edge leaving yourself easily detectable if your not walking extremely carefully or back a much further distance than you normally would be. BigGrin


That too.
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