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How To Select Glasses for Sight Fishing
Being able to place the fly in the perfect relation to the fish, demands that the angler be able to see the fish while the presentation is being made. Polarized glasses help eliminate surface glare so the angler
can see into the depths. The best all around lens color for fishing is tan. Copper is good for bright days. Yellow or amber are good for dark days.
To understand polarization you first need to
understand glare. Normally, light waves move more randomly. However,
when light reflects off a surface, it is concentrated - polarized - at a
specific plane or direction, which intensifies the light into reflective
glare. Light reflected from a smooth shiny surface, such as water, a wet
road, or snow causes glare. Wherever there are horizontal surfaces
producing glare, the use of polarizing lenses is recommended.
Non-Polarized sunglasses reduce visible light, however they have little
or no effect on reflected glare. Only polarized lenses eliminate glare.
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trout are obviously feeding on the surface. Their rises are often lazy and
blatant. At times you will
see the roofs of their white mouths as they inhale insects from the
surface. Healthy duns will
be plainly visible, riding the surface with upright wings.
The emergers and cripples will be difficult to observe with their
lower silhouettes. You may
tie on one of your best dry fly imitations.
Your presentation may be flawless.
It is almost guaranteed that an uncivilized vocabulary will be
the only reward for your efforts.
The first duns usually appear
about 11:30 a.m. They are
very well camouflaged for mid-day.
Their graceful up-right wings are pastel gray.
The top of the body is yellow to yellowish-green to blend with
the mid-day surface glare. Their
bellies are pale green to pinkish-orange, matching, to the troutís
eye, the surrounding vegetation or the fireball sun.
On warm days Pale Morning Duns reach
the surface and hatch quickly. They
are especially fast to leave the water after they are free from the
nymphal shuck. The full
length of the hatch may be over in a matter of minutes.
The hatch may come and go before the trout can adjust to an
efficient feeding rhythm.
Cloud cover or rain slows down
metamorphosis, and the hatch can continue for hours.
The higher humidity must hold a key to survival as some wet days
produce hatches of unbelievable density.
Drying time is slowed and insects may ride the surface of the
river for hundreds of yards before wings and exoskeletons are hard
enough to support flight.
Duns, which have hatched in a healthy
manner, are usually ignored. They
are too much of a risk; too much of a chance at calories missed while
energy was expended. Instead,
the trout concentrate on the mayflies as they are sliding out of their
nymphal shuck. A low
floating comparadun with an Antron tail (often called a Sparkle Dun) is
As the days hatch tapers off, fewer
emerging insects are available to the fish.
Or so it would seem to the casual observer. This is true in moving water areas where the currents can
carry them away.
Injured and deformed insects are unable
to leave the water and ride the currents aimlessly.
Often they end up as flotsam in back-eddies where they can
collect in vast numbers. Some
eddies are situated so that they collect nearly all of the dead and
crippled insects that come down the river.
Here the currents revolve slowly, and the insects are carried
round and round until they are rafted upon the shore or are finally
brought to the vortex of the eddy.
Often trout will concentrate on these places where maximum
numbers of insects collect.
I watch the vortex of the eddy and
several trout are rising there. Their
dorsal fins often break the surface as they quietly inhale the mayflies.
The binoculars are replaced inside my shirt, and I pick up the
four-weight rod that lies in the sparse vegetation beside me.
There is an opening in the trees to my left from which to cast,
and I slowly start to stalk the feeding fish.
The tippet and the fly are examined while getting into casting
position. My movements are
slow but efficient and fluid. The
trout are thirty feet away, and clearly visible while suspended just
below the flat surface. And
now I am in position. The
rod is raised in preparation for the cast...
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From high in the air another predator watches the trout through
steely eyes. The Osprey floats silently on the gentle up-drafts that rise
from the deep canyon. She
adjusts her long, slim, muscular wings and loses elevation, being
careful not to let her shadow fall upon the pool.
Saliva runs from her triangular tongue and the vicious, hooked
beak opens and closes. The
killer singles out its victim, folds its wings tight to its streamlined
body, and drops from the sky like a falling stone. An explosive geyser
erupts from pool as the feathered bullet slams through the surface.
Sharp talons bite into the soft flesh of a troutís back, and the big
bird rises instantly from the cool water with the captured, writhing
fish. It is not until then
that the Osprey sees the man crouching under the umbrella of streamside
alders, a fly rod in his hand and an astonished look on his face.
As often is the case, one predator's
gain, is anotherís loss. The
surviving trout are instantly gone deep into the pool, hiding for their
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|Cool weather has temporarily stopped snow melt on Mt. Hood and the Sandy is very low and water clarity is much better than normal for this time of year. Fishing for summer steelhead in the lower river is productive. Trout fishing in the upper basin has slowed because of cooler water. To Top|
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