Montana Fly Fishing - Guide Visionby: ericdadams (View Article Source)
Spend some money on good, quality optics and take care of them. There are several good sunglass manufacturers out there whose products are worth the $150 to $250 dollars, most of them even have options for prescription lenses. Make sure they fit properly Ė a high quality lense is only good if it fits correctly. Sunglass lenses should not touch your eyelashes and should not let light in from the sides or bottom. You should also consider the color of the lens, we prefer browns and coppers. Grey lenses block out too much light and yellow might let too much in for those with more sensitive eyes. Fly fishing is a visually active sport and if you canít see your fly or the fish you are at a huge disadvantage.
When you are out on the water be observant; look for subtle color changes, flashes, and movement. Donít look for the whole fish under the water, instead look for the movement of a tail, a flash as the fish rolls on its side to eat a nymph, or a change in the color of the bottom which might be the shadow of a fish.
How many times have you been fishing from the back of the boat and the fly fishing guide, who is in front of you, is able to see your fly eaten before you do. This is a simple matter of opening your vision. Donít concentrate so hard on finding a fish that you loose your peripheral vision. Make sure that you can catch a movement or splash out of the corner of your eye. When looking at your fly you should also be able to see your fly line (is it time to mend again?), and the water surrounding your fly (is it time to recast?).
When fishing try to put your back to the sun, youíll be amazed at how much more you can see. Put those new polarized sunglasses to work for you, sometimes it even helps to tilt your to one side or the other which can reduce glare off the waters surface.
Learn to read the water effectively to spot feeding fish. If there is surface activity due to a hatch where are the fish concentrated? Focus your attention on the most active areas and spend your time there. As you develop this skill youíll spend more time fishing to actively feeding fish and less time fishing unproductive water.
If you spot a fish, but have to move to make a presentation make sure to mark the fishís location so you can find him when youíre repositioned. You might do this by identifying something on the bottom or the stream bank. If you think youíre in position to make the cast donít rush in, be patient and wait for the fish to show himself again.
Added: Mon Feb 11 2013
Last Modified: Tue Sep 03 2013